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spacer.gif   American Open Mike Volume 2: Geoffrey W. Hyatt
Posted by : cj on Wednesday, July 26, 2006 - 01:13 PM
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American Open Mike:  New American Voices .

** Geoffrey W. Hyatt **


Rootbound

the tree sways beneath the shambling
clinging weight of ragged
birds and beasts. tiny feet traverse
the branchesí hard naked skin as
my bones settle on a bench beneath.

cast off newspapers coagulate;
scabbing over drainage grates.
this is the familiar yellow pallor
of jaundice, of jail-cell paint.
grinding my eyes, I wait my turn.

an aging cowboy lights a cigarette
outside the clinic I canít tell
where smoke ends and breath begins
I ask howís life treating you, man?

Life shits in my mouth and now I got nothing
to kill the taste, kidóhell,
Iím shaking like a leaf on a tree.


me, my hands tremble, they always have
a silent hum that canít be stilled
when thereís nothing in their grasp

itís been a cold autumn
the tree is shorn by frost
it creaks and quivers
roots deep in the frozen earth
we search for nourishment
I bury my hand in my pocket
fingers curl around a bottle

this is not my label of choice
milligrams measuring stillness
how a twisted corporate sigil
deadens these living vibrations
black octopus etched on pink pill
peals free its inky arms and embraces

I could sleep away the sunless seasons,
If I only had the certainty of spring.
time is poison, wearing thin my veins,
coupled with hope, a crass commodity, always
rewiring minds in ways that should somehow
make the simple joy of not being dead enough
to calm a lean dark skeleton
clawing at the sky


Geoff Hyatt says: "Though I am currently working on an MFA in Fiction Writing at Columbia College here in Chicago, verse remains a vital element of my artistic expression. I strive to create poetry with diverse voices, economical language, and thoughtful form."


Copyright 2006, all rights reserved.

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