John Roche

John Roche Poems

1. First Kiss 10/16/2005
2. Automan 10/18/2005
3. Blinkered 10/18/2005
4. Lightened By My Load 10/21/2005
5. The Peacock In Me 10/23/2005
6. Pressure 11/24/2005
7. Verbal Tapestry 1/3/2006
8. Rainbow Flickers 10/16/2005
9. Mercury Drops 1/3/2006

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Mercury Drops

The mercury drops
and ice forms on words
perched on the tip
of his apologetic tongue

Words that needed to be spoken in spring
stuck now, in the winter of their time together
with no chance of thaw
their impact now would be too little, too late

He struggles to break the glacial silence
wondering still, at how the temperature dropped so suddenly
not realizing it takes two sticks
rubbing together constantly,
to create the sparks needed for fire,
which keeps the cold at bay

For too long, she has been a stick alone
trying to create sparks ...

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