Tim Gavin

Rookie (March 18,1963 / Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Tim Gavin Poems

1. Clarity 1/22/2005
2. Lyric 12/24/2004
3. Temptation 11/6/2005
4. Do Not Hide 7/10/2006
5. Morning Run 7/10/2006
6. At This Point 7/10/2006
7. Idea Of God 7/10/2006
8. Transfiguration 2/26/2010
9. Yes, An Ascension 2/26/2010
10. Long Pond Bridge 12/11/2004
11. Infinity 6/21/2005
12. The Coldest May Since God Knows When 1/22/2005
13. He & She, Circa 1929 11/29/2004
14. Idiot Spring 6/21/2005
15. Lunch Break Outside The Joseph Oat's Machine Shop 11/27/2004
16. Am I Fooling Myself 11/28/2004
17. All The Light You Can 1/22/2005
18. Raising The Ax 6/21/2005

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Raising The Ax

It is the sound of the log splitting
and its echo
which marks my passage
into manhood. My father stands
by the porch as the ax swings up
and falls.
He studies the way I go
with the grain and let the ax do the work.
He studies the rolling of my shoulders
with each whack into the dense
wood. He remembers his own
father teaching him to swing a pick
in the dark tunnels
of the Pennsylvania coal mines.
With a carbide lamp
splitting the darkness,
he brought to the surface
buckets of coal. As he straitened
the stiffness out of his back and ...

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Long Pond Bridge

As kids we would sneak out to Long Pond Bridge
When the sun settled beyond
the white birch sky-line. We would look
at the manmade lake, our reflections
staring back at us in the dark cedar water
and wait for the brave one
To step up on the rail
And swan dive down
To the surface, breaking the muddy reflection

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