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spacer.gif   American Open Mike: Erik Horn
Posted by : cj on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 05:38 PM
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American Open Mike:  New American Voices .

** Erik Horn **


Travel

Hurried rain rolls along, calling.
I lose track of the count, pricks
of water line my bare arm, perfect
mounds of innocence, ignorance

Cause for cold careful remorse
while everything is shaded past
fog dampened street lamps.
No love lost, just emptiness
along rainbow colored oil slicked
drives

fetid alleys channeled off
on each side though no light
dare enter their embrace.
Feels like no conclusion draws
towards my travels, leaving
me pushing forward in perplexed
meditation.

Caustic cries call down from shattered
window’s peak, though for whom
I no longer know. I sit and let the
water wash deception from my face,
forgetting all that has passed behind
me.



Untitled

Feeling fell to my soles,
like the gray smoke swirling
from vacated fire strewn city
Sunshine yet to be found

New, old, it plays the same
brick and whitewall surround,
sick staccato sounds form
the mortar in my walls

Sing sorry stories, missives
at inappropriate junctures,
solving only the lost goals,
nothing tomorrow except
regards for today

Still, home is here, between
the sharp edges that linger,
and I find in my eye a glimmer
towards what has passed, what
may start, what I want to yet become.



Love

Time to feel,
auburn cascades about,
bit by bit,
how I fell

Dropped down,
looked up,
all around
but little luck

embittered and cold
yet I still smile
after all was told
no end nears

follow through,
fiddle about,
fought back
to young to be true

when it all comes down,
calm and customized,
just endearing but
never dear, you will
guess fact from fiction

darkness in the corner,
counting the years on
stained wood floors,
smiles so far gone
not yet lost


Erik Horn lives in Westmont, IL. Horn says: "I took a number of poetry classes in college at a fantastic place to do so (University of Nebraska – Lincoln, home of current U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser) and fell in love with the form, punching an emotion or a thought in abstracts details, like a short film. Recently I have craved that outlet again and started writing."


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