Inside this monument

Inside this monument a rain
it doesn’t want, coming by
with winds and the flag

this way and that reaching out
as if the war ended
smelling from all your letters home

wet—they had to be wet, scented
with thunder and kisses
left on the ground, already

this harvest—stones becoming
other stones and blood
that no longer returns to your heart.

Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, Forge, Poetry, Osiris, The New Yorker and elsewhere. His most recent collection is The Rosenblum Poems published by Cholla Needles Arts & Literary Library, 2020. For more information including free e-books and his essay “Magic, Illusion and Other Realities” please visit his website at www.simonperchik.com. To view one of his interviews please follow this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSK774rtfx8see

See more of his work in 8.2 and 8.2 and 7.1 and 6.2 and 2.3 and 2.3 and in the 2019 Pocket Poems Anthology