Thursday, August 2, 2012

Dane Karnick- 3 Poems

Mercado de Sante Fe
After the painting by Amado Pe͂na, 1983
Dry pores of mesa skin
surround the plaza
nearly erased by
New Mexico glare
that permits only
timid shadows from
pottery offered at
the market place
by native faces
bartering for time
in their monolith
of attention as
stillness reckons
with each posture
a few knees bend
toward a long earth.
A juvenile mood
has taken over
my feet skipping
a trail through
an alder grove
that scatters
the watercolor
of midday
as my stride
scuffs dirt past
nettles and
through sunlight
its blemishes
along the face
of sturdiness
under trees
in gesture
their white trunks
like teenagers
baring tattoos
that flaunt
which gang
this side
of the forest.
Patriotic Sky
Twilight’s last gleaming
a penetration of color
forms a perfect union
for voyeurs to watch
indivisible with liberty
splash a drop of moon
of thee I sing
celestial erotica
with amber waves of grain.
caressing our heaven
I pledge allegiance
to orgasmic hue
for which it stands
the rhythm of dusk
so help me God.
Dane Karnick grew up by the Colorado “Rockies” and lives in Seattle.  His poetry has recently appeared in Subliminal Interiors, Carcinogenic Poetry, Orion headless and The Rainbow Rose.  Visit him at

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