Category Archives: Kallis Poems

Rain Check

A slick trail is carved into the sheenof the glistening road in the light of the lampsbut as the bicycle rounds the next cornerthe line is already lost, vanished into the wet. By the railway crossing, a man coughsphlegm onto … Continue reading

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My Father’s Coat

My father’s coat has many pockets. His coats always had: A pocket for each tool of the engineer’s trade. The tape measure would have been here, the small notepad here. This one used to hold a box of matches – … Continue reading

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Advent Snow

It’s cold enough for snow to settle on lawn and roofs and streets. It’s rare that even streets are white: The ploughs take Sunday off. White static foregrounds all around us. Words like ‘muffled’ come –and will go in time … Continue reading

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A Life in Ten

Born Roger Bryce Inglewood, Jackson MS, March 11, 1971 Brother John Ebenezer born 5/13, 1973 Broke elbow on swing, spring of ’77 No girlfriend in primary or high school Found out why, fall of ’88 Did not graduate 7/7/90 Trip … Continue reading

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Ten Little Piglets

One of the new piglets was limping – a broken leg? Two others were trying to shove it away from the feeding trough. Three legs were not enough. The piglet toppled over. Four minutes later, up in the hamlet, a … Continue reading

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Clarity in Ten Words: Alien Invasion

We are unconditionally unanimously unprepared to surrender. Tell your leaders.

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Fire to the Rain

In the jungle a millipede caterpillars onto a giant leaf on soggy ground. Far above, the rain drums the canopy, which collects the water only to redistribute it: Rivulets run down trees, along vines, join on the ground, picking up … Continue reading

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