Poetry 2012 / Volume 43

Nostalgia for a Valley Unseen — Terrell Jamal Terry

Some part just wants to move
like powder, and go where no
other’s prying punctures
a private instinct of whispering
when sounding out the names.
Dangling dusk colluding
with green. The reduction of
complexity forms a clearer
understanding, as an after smell
of rain wrung out hovers above
the heart. Eyes cut lines to meet
a shaded light of longing. Some
leave weak kneed but with much
sharper senses, and randomly
stop strangers to find one who’s
lost. We must be waiting on
something: an animal in us, cold
shadow curling inside for warmth.

The blocks of not tumble; turn over,
and over again. And that hushed
glowing malaise slowly burning
dry days’, remains half buried but
sensuous. As if each spark will be-
come whatever it can with a chance.

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One thought on “Nostalgia for a Valley Unseen — Terrell Jamal Terry

  1. Pingback: Current Issue: Volume 43, Number 1 — Poetry Issue, Fall 2012 | Coe Review

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