Monthly Archives: January 2014

A Poem for my Dog

by Christopher Raley   Every night I stand in the hall and softly whistle to my dog. She wakens in the living room, regards me with concern and rises knowing. She walks quickly her collar jingling and lays her regard … Continue reading

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Voices

by Christopher Raley   I heard for the first time voices in my head speaking not from me or to me. I was in the quiet no man’s land between awake and sleep unable to get completely to either side, … Continue reading

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My Lamb

by Christopher Raley   I am owned by a man who gave me a lamb. The lamb lived in my yard and slept on my grass. He played with my dogs and ate my lavender bush. One day the man … Continue reading

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Cracks in the Church Parking Lot

by Christopher Raley   The cracks will not leave my mind— the crooked cracks jaggedly traveling with the authority of national borders, cracks that catch the wind’s ancient chaff.   It gathers, it solidifies like a whisper into a kind … Continue reading

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The Legend

by Christopher Raley   This I have given my sons:   Long ago men from the sea came and dwelt here for a time. They drained the swamps and loved the soil. They framed its dark and asked loan of … Continue reading

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The Westward Road

by Christopher Raley   There is a long dirt road blocked off from cars. Behind my house it starts along the canal and yearns westward.  If ever I lost all— family, name, income—you would not find me like Job.  The … Continue reading

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The Gate

by Christopher Raley   It was open when I got there though, bent rusting metal at right angle to the road, now it is closed.  The trucks have passed beyond   leaving gravel behind, little grey specks like seeds forever … Continue reading

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