Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Daniel Klawitter- A Poem

Heavy Elements
The lightening rips
A seam of sky
Wide open:
Slashing a gash
Through night’s
Wine dark manuscript.
And the stars are
The trillion eyes
Of an unseen god—
Each eye lit
Like a candle wick
To illuminate or ignite
The parchment 
Of our hearts:
Our weeping wax—
And sticky pitch—
All our combustible
Bits and parts
That come from
The same stuff of stars—
(Or so I’ve been told).
Formed in the furnace
Of a cosmic bonfire:
4.5 billion years old.

About The Author:
Among other things, Daniel has been an actor, the lead singer/lyricist for the Indie rock band Mining for Rain (, and a union organizer for teachers and mental health care workers.  His poems have appeared widely in journals and magazines, both online and in print, in Australia, the UK, and the U.S.  He has also read his work on live public radio as a guest poet on The Poetry Show at krfc 88.9 in Ft. Collins, CO.  He is the author of the full-length poetry collection, A Poet Playing Doctor, from White Violet Press/Kelsay Books (Fall, 2015):

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