Vignette for Spring
JP Reese

April shakes winter’s hollow limbs beyond the screen.
Poplar branches clatter and brittle in pieces
to sprawl, shattered and sapless on the lane.

Shun the narcissus; its yellow coronas trumpet
the lie of resurrection. A lover you will never meet
passes by, his hair struck silver in the mounting sun.

His gaze points toward heaven. The red of his lips
goes forever unkissed. A mandolin laughs from a window.
Somewhere, a vibrating string snaps to startle the ear.

~

Self-Portrait
There is little risk in painting yourself invisible.
Stripped of old habits, there is talent in capturing
the image of no one.

Another day waits
to be endured, balanced loosely
like a brush held by unremarkable fingers.

Ignore the colors that tempt from the palate.
They eventually assume the deadly brown
of footprints struck in the muck of rain-pelted clay.

Do not count on mirrors, they offer no reflection.
Danger rests in believing the honest blue of the sky.
It will break your heart to presume to see.



JP Reese’s work has appeared in Connotation Press, The Smoking Poet, Silkworms Ink, The Pinch, Forces, and elsewhere. She is Poetry Editor at this — a literary webzine, and teaches English at a small college in Texas.


2 Comments on “JP Reese”

  1. 1 Vignette for Spring « Entropy: A Measure of Uncertainty said at 10:49 pm on February 2nd, 2012:

    [...] Reese 2010 First Published in Corium Magazine, December, 2010 http://www.coriummagazine.com/?page_id=1148 Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:LikeBe the first to like this post. This entry was posted in [...]

  2. 2 Self-Portrait « Entropy: A Measure of Uncertainty said at 10:50 pm on February 2nd, 2012:

    [...] Reese 2010 First Published in Corium Magazine, December, 2010 http://www.coriummagazine.com/?page_id=1148 Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:LikeBe the first to like this post. This entry was posted in [...]


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