Monday, December 17, 2012

Ed Higgins- Two Poems

as i was looking back

recently you came to mind 
that summer afternoon 
we floated 
down the Yorba Linda river 
on separate inner tubes
you in a yellow bikini 
as yellow and black butterflies
flitted indifferently along the bank 
where we stopped on a sandbar 
bending back the warm grass 
under bare feet 
the blue sky streaked with white clouds 
as fleeting as our addictive youth
the sun’s heat rising on our lithe tan bodies

Self-deception As Self-knowing

It’s all a matter of
warped mirrors

like the mirror maze
I stood before once

as a boy
at the Fun House

in Playland
near Golden Gate Park

in San Francisco
with animatronic Laffing Sal

cackling her frightful
laugh at life’s very deceptions 

for whoever stood there
entranced trying to understand

life’s delusory concave
and convex images.
My poems and short fiction have appeared in various print and online journals including: Monkeybicycle, Pindeldyboz, Pen Pusher, CrossConnect, Word Riot, Foliate Oak, Dark Sky Magazine, Mannequin Envy, and Bellowing Ark, among others. My wife and I live on a small farm in Yamhill, OR, and I teach creative writing and literature at George Fox University, south of Portland, OR. 

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