Category Archives: Kallis Poems

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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At the School Big Band Concert

The Big Band isn’t very big anymore: Four trumpets, four saxophones – and what’s the plural of euphonium? Well, there are two of those. A tuba, a trombone, one guitar, the string bass, and leader Henry on the Grand Piano, almost … Continue reading

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What I Took from the First Aid Refresh Course

The idea is to brush up on essentials. We learn how little we know. We worry how wobbly we’d be. We laugh a lot for obvious reasons: We are not making merry, merely trying to cope. We stall in the … Continue reading

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Red

This, she does not know: He has had this conversation before, during three consecutive morning showers at least. Once soap got into his mouth since he was ranting so wildly. Bitter taste for bitter words. This, he does not know: … Continue reading

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