Kelly Vinal

Rookie (1967- / Homestead, Florida)

Observation Touch - Poem by Kelly Vinal

Is it not impossible to
Stalk this town in
Blind-man shades?
Surely, one would tend to think -
The winding, cobbled street, by
Texture and by horse-smell,
Butcher’s corner, stale blood
Trail, a whiff of evening ale

The silver-bearded violinist,
Hat displayed - he’s twenty quid a
Richer man,
Plus my soul in change -

Paid, and with a pause in
Sorrowful refrain
He decrees, “You are the night”

And I’ve become the night!

Dog piss, street lamp accolade
Stick-in-hand, I
Navigate the gutter trash,
The moistened promenade
By touch
By touch alone

Comments about Observation Touch by Kelly Vinal

  • (12/5/2004 10:32:00 PM)

    great poem...i felt like putting a lock on my door, then looking out my window.
    good job.

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  • (12/5/2004 6:53:00 PM)

    Highly evocative of some small towns in the north, lovely work (Report)Reply

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  • (12/5/2004 3:38:00 PM)

    Excellent! I felt myself walking the walk.

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, December 5, 2004

Poem Edited: Monday, April 19, 2010

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