Arrivals and Departures by Samuel Willowbee

So, I read  you aren’t supposed to start a sentence with so. But you’re probably not supposed to end it with so either.    laws of any-kind  be broken;
paint with words.   paint with sound.

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Presenting Portland poet
Samuel Willowbee:

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Arrivals of the dead            2009 re edit 2013

Raking Leafs in the Autumn
you can barely see the ground
under Murry road
the sun rested in the sky behind grey clouds
we put on our dirt brown boots and grab old rakes

the air we breathe is  brisk, perfect for pumpkins
with ease we rake these leafs
the music is our feet
the melody of the trees
makethe  time pass as werake fast

we were both shocked to be here (home)
bunching leaves into piles

I Think how my brother moved out and never did a thing
I must not be so judgemental when raking autumn leaves
because coming home again everything is different
and I am still  the same
coming to a new home again
everything is  different
only I am still the same.

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Northwest Fourth and Everett   (2009)

Standing on this roof on Northwest fourth and Everett
watching the clouds over old town smoking cigarettes
I fall into infatuations easily on spring days like these
on roof tops with her rocket dog shoes and red sweater

watching the clouds  over old town smoking cigarettes
Important spring afternoon clouds  pass over our old town
on roof tops with her rocket dog shoes and red sweater
which smell like tobacco and portland weather

Important spring afternoon clouds passing over our skies
Aloft old town, starring at the silhoutes of city buildings
which smell like tobacco smoke and portland weather
moments fly away like the hawk we saw over 4th and Everett

watching the clouds over old town  smoking cigarettes
I Fall into infatuations easily on spring days like these
moments fly away just like the hawk we saw
while we stood on the roof over Northwest fourth and  Everett

© Samuel Willowbee

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