So dense and swift these clouds, it’s the tanned olive
moon that seems to move;
as if into this wind your life will lean
susceptible to imagery, the inwrought
pull of all these metaphors we live
in. Now look—the mien
even of the drape is fraught
with it: coronas, eyes recoiling off
the ceiling; or a gaff
trickles the storm drain; or a stage’s curtain
murmur passing cars; the blowsy skein
of each second, frozen-framed, a tea leaf
scholium, a garden
in a cartoon hurricane.
BIO: Charles Leggett is a Seattle-based professional actor and voice-over artist. His poetry has been published in Measure: A Review of Formal Poetry and the Rio Grande Review, among others, and is forthcoming in Kansas City Voices. His long poem “Premature Tombeau for John Ashbery” is an e-chapbook in the Barnwood Press “Great Find” series.