Emily R. Clark: Two Poems
My Neighbor, Samuel
deadbolts the door,
stumbles down three steps.
He’ll trip up and down them twenty,
thirty times in the course of an hour.
Samuel’s green Converse shoes
thud on the concrete steps.
Watching from my window,
all I can do is stall his compulsion
for a few still minutes
by stepping outside to say hello.
My neighbor says she hears him
sobbing, after he’s used up all our water
seeking to sterilize and scourge his skin.
Face down on linoleum,
his suffering seems softer.
The way words fall to the floor
And I hallucinate you in my arms
Catching you was so strange
I dreamed you were smaller
Curvier than water
And my hands,
ripples down your spine.
I peek into your eyes
To kiss the eyelids
Hovering like a whirring luna moth
Over your body
And the wings I disturbed
Rested deadly in my arms
You were suffocated under water
And I carried you
Wet breasts pushed against my t-shirt
And you lay still on my bed
I murmured back
And hours of sleep draped over us
I spooned you as if you were mine.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
EMILY R CLARK is a published writer from Tennessee and author of a new poetry collection, Art Triumphant. She’s currently on a multi-state tour promoting her book. She has performed and offered writing workshops in over a dozen venues in five states including The Victory Theatre and Beyond Baroque in Los Angeles, SoHo in Santa Barbara and The Aspen Poets’ Society in Aspen, Colorado. Her poems have appeared in The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, A! Magazine for the Arts, Askew Poetry Journal, Ventura’s 40 Around 40ish, Sketches of Home, Aspen Daily News, Spectrum and will soon appear in Lavender Review. Her articles have appeared in The Acorn Newspapers of Camarillo and Simi Valley and The VCReporter. She’s worked as a writer on several commercial film projects such as: Voodoo Kitchen with Director James P. Lay, (Fight Club, Jeepers Creepers, Meet Joe Black) “This is the Frequency” with Double-Emmy Award winning screenwriter Simon Moore (Traffic, The Quick and the Dead, Gulliver's Travels), Inside the Grace, Missing Lunch, PinkCity, featuring Kether Donohue (You're the Worst, Grease Live!, Pitch Perfect.) Superstitious Man, (Ivana Jovanovic) The Hunt, and Red Bull Gives Wings. Emily teaches poetry workshops in Southern California to elementary, middle, and high school students through California Poets in the Schools and published a collection of her student’s poetry called Tasty Little Samples in 2016.