heat and sweat salted grit on my neck the cocktail ridge of loose blown sand black feathers glean high on black mare's head eyes wide nostrils open in the hot dust the single caw of a raven above all somehow in this room in hours unknown, between the fever and the heart that fears a landscape seen only in photographs but owned by time blood and tears does it call me or am I the caller voices in two tongues the lamentation of my birth voice and its evolvement to some shattered hybrid warning of raven and lizard whispers a place of measurement and balance do I answer or have I been already charged
coyotes howl at the full wolf moon rising loose dogs prick their ears the silence of the cold night air descends on those who are half in their beds waiting for mercy like a lullaby to blanket them outside the moon rises higher cold coyote eyes follow it to its culmination knowing there is no mercy in its light to either men or pack
what we leave behind
I have known all the days their low and high appointments the mornings, evenings and afternoons each sunrise's different colour each sunset's imitations measured my time by the sun's chronometer the lengthening and shortening of shadows the phases of the moon from wolf to harvest to cold the wind's voice in each season the telling scent of autumn the frigid kiss of winter my greatest moments like shooting stars flash and disappear leaving nothing not even a scar to say that this was me
Joseph A Farina is a retired lawyer in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. An internationaly award winning poet. Several of his poems have been published in Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine,The Chambers Magazine, Ascent ,Subterranean Blue and in The Tower Poetry Magazine, Inscribed, The Windsor Review, Boxcar Poetry Revue , and appears in many anthologies including: Sweet Lemons: Writings with a Sicilian Accent, Canadian Italians at Table, Witness from Serengeti Press and Tamaracks: Canadian Poetry for the 21st Century . He has had poems published in the U.S. magazines Mobius, Pyramid Arts, Arabesques, Fiele-Festa, Philedelphia Poets and Memoir (and) . He has had two books of poetry published— The Cancer Chronicles and The Ghosts of Water Street.