William F Dougherty

Freshman - 542 Points (West Hartford, CT)

Paleolithic - Poem by William F Dougherty


In mastodon cold, the lichen clamps on stone
walls and the shins of trees picked to spine,
its branches scrawling a Saxon script.

The blunt lake glints in a guttering light,
shutting itself with a pewter lid,
welded in a grip of Nordic tones:

dull silver, salt gray, vein-blue;
with punitive butts, the wind compacts
the pallid, occlusive waste.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Poem Edited: Thursday, July 19, 2012

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