Trapper Markelz

There’s something about the sound of rain

Photo by Luca Bravo on Unsplash

How we have watched it rain —
wing’d drop and dram to later find

fermented wheat we lift with pursed lips.
We are explorers — some chase oceans

with wet and space and sky while more search
coded chemistry to fight a plague,

recover Pompeii, read the wildfires,
recreate a…

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Raindrops keep the world awake. I am lost

Photo by Emma Trevisan on Unsplash

I fall asleep on the couch each night,
oppressive cover, drugged by day & heat,

witness to the tectonic rise of breath,
hibernating exchange of dreams for more

dreams, a still life to capture.
Flowers around the room obey

& in the silence between each new verse
raindrops keep the world…

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Sep 2

I can see why we invented this

Photo by Taylor Grote on Unsplash

There is the fisherman who catches fish,
the one who catches nothing, and the one
who throws them back — plentiful,

penniless, compassionate. A flick of the wrist,
a flashing eye, a caress of repetition,
both waveform and reel.

You can stand on the shore
and watch your son stand…

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Aug 9

The resulting fire is your responsibility

Photo by Sumit Mangela on Unsplash

More of the same — why
does the wind rage
and rattle the embers?
Because it is the wind.

You cannot defeat the air
with your tiny lungs.
Kings built walls and the wind
knocked them down,

cleaved the noses
from their stone faces.
You have the power
to close…

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Trapper Markelz

Trapper Markelz

Trapper Markelz (he/him) is a poet who writes from Boston, MA. His work has appeared in numerous journals and publications. Check out http://trappermarkelz.com