Poetry Drawer: Expat: Made Up in Laughing: Port of Call: The Pronation of Shangri La: Trading Post at the Edge of Known by Joe Albanese


Bound to North
Not home nor far
Made by escape,
A hope to fight

Trust lantern lost
Believed or touched
Fade made by dark,
And light by light

When cold turns warmth
And prayer divides
Be either sail in storm,
Or spark from night

Made Up in Laughing

Frame half-open windows
Slip out of billows
Stomp on the sunlight
       stamped in the sidewalk
Dry and kind

Call off a shadow
Tripped up in meadow
The sere breath is casting,
         made up in laughing
Holding all chance others left behind

When day drops to fair-low
Return not its sparrow
Its echo’s in moonlight,
         verve in the clockwork
Draped in the caul of what we can’t unwind

Port of Call

Damp stains
Beneath a starlit sky

The gutter is calling
For all memory; it’s time

Let go
The winds already fled to leave behind

A world not falling
Port of call and not again

The Pronation of Shangri La

Bellowed to the threat of any falling leaves
Softcore Shangri La is gone but far from freed
Caught in the tired idea that petrichor is wrong

Upended by some heathen in the scattered steam
A valley that’s been dried out yet not quite cleared
Cross-eyed, unremarkable garden forms a path

Retreaded by many so-and-sos just like me
To the beacon of kingdom con and its seams
Whatever’s being kicked up stains twice, and

there’s no going back

Trading Post at the Edge of Known

Empty more mistaken pearl
to curl fate

and find oneself

somewhere with
no stars
and no fear,
no knots and
no ends

The varied cost not haggled,
just peaked and tipped

Traverse naught and koan, and
trust the seed into the flame

leaving only an epitaph of sand

Go without stars
Go without fear

Joe Albanese is a writer from South Jersey. His fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have been published in 12 countries. Joe is the author of Benevolent KingCainaCandy Apple RedFor the Blood is the LifeSmash and Grab, and a poetry collection, Cocktails with a Dead Man.

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