Friday, September 16, 2011

When the Water Was Free

Today felt like the first real day of autumn, though the ATL temps are supposed to rise again soon enough and the official first day of autumn is still not quite here. Anyway, autumn is my favorite season and October is my favorite month, and I'm totally feeling all autumn and October today.

So here's one of my favorite poems from my recently released limited edition chapbook ESCAPE (if you're interested, look below for details on how to order a copy):

the silence between us

i remember when the water was free. it
was in the autumn dali visited
the high. leaves fell from the trees, and trees fell
from the earth. we propped them up on crutches,
and cheerleaders covered them in blue tarps
before becoming witches themselves. cut
a hole in the ceiling if you adore
the sky. we left the city, but the crime
followed us to the suburbs. our cheers turned
to chants faster than we'd like to admit.
i'm not saying the water should be free,
because everything has a price, but
i remember when the water was free;
i remember when the water was free,
and our planet fell from the galaxy.
i'll tell you now i had no reason; each
evening was a chance to be near you.


This is one of 22 poems from my limited edition chapbook, ESCAPE. There are only 101 signed copies available, and more than half have already been claimed. If you'd like to claim a copy yourself (for only $10, including shipping to anywhere in the world), then send me an e-mail at with the subject line: I Need an Escape. I'll send along information to pay either via check, money order or PayPal (whichever is easiest for you).


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Dean K Miller said...

Thanks for this. I'm sending an email for my copy. Enjoyed this poem greatly.

Robert Lee Brewer said...

Thanks, Dean!