Sunday, June 06, 2021

New Poetry by William G. Davies Jr

The Death of a Mermaid on the Susquehanna River

Her bones,
bleached timbers
splayed over
a caisson of rock
where the dark horses
of the river
lunge toward the sea
but her red hair
has enveloped
a pair of bluegills
as they flit
about the silt
in whose creature
has lent her halo
though a ring
around a murky moon.

- © William G. Davies Jr. 2021

William is a 66 year old purveyor of the mundane, the fellow at the dinner table who might imagine a face staring back at him from within the gristle on a pork chop. He was able to glean from these observations a slim volume of poems; "Before There Were Bones" published by Prolific Press in 2015. He has been published by numerous literary journals such as The Wilderness House Literary Review, The Cortland Review and of course, the "pepper" to which he is humbly indebted. William has been married to the same woman for 47 years and accepts increasing delight in the longevity of his marriage compact. William's Pastor recently suggested that his voice would do for audible books what John Glenn did for the space program. He lists this as a peculiar accolade but one consistent with his craft.

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