Poet's showcase


By Mike Sweeten

The sun is down today

A shadow wide enough to bury it

The summer is dead

And when it passed away I saw it

lift the sky

and leave the columns

standing in place

balancing the weight

We had a good talk Sunday

Jewel afternoon in the shade

I should have had a drink

I know there's more I wanted to say

and now I can't explain

Here I am a child

Wild and indiscreet

A mystery to me

Don't defend me

I'm learning to be more like you

I'm building a frame

Capturing the light for a portrait of you

In black and white

Standing out on Bryant Street

With winter on your shoulders

-- Mike Sweeten is a Colorado transplant and a longtime musician and songwriter. He has been living and working in Lawrence for four years. Poet's Showcase features work by area poets. Submit your poetry via e-mail with a subject line of Poet's Showcase to mpaget@ljworld.com or send typewritten (not handwritten) submissions to Mindie Paget, 645 N.H., Lawrence 66044, attn: Poet's Showcase. Teen writers should submit their work to the 18 & Under page at teens@ljworld.com.


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