at midnight I come search for the constellation's bent light among shadowless clouds journey between my birth and my death to the center of heaven or hell space and dreams interchange with the real, the not, and the wished for I stretch my hand upward to touch the water-vapoured air of god connected, elemental, pure in this place nothing moves back or forward time itself flickers in sequences of fire, fluid, limitless the constellations illuminate my senses sensual, carnal, caressing, sexual, exquisite faceless, black-gowned shapes whisper of redemption through destruction of surrender to their tender atrocities to live once more uninterrupted deserted of the body's hungers my world, powerless, returns my night's journey complete naked arms no longer raised my shadow fall from my shoulders I stand complete, but unanswered
erasing the year's toll hair combed,cut and oiled freshly pressed, his only suit laid out for them to dress him his nakedness impersonal under incandescent light on a table,hands in repose eyes free now of tears,closed but for eternity no longer blind committed to our memory "once born, once married, twice a father and once dead."* *echoing Karl Shapiro
Joseph A Farina is a retired lawyer in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. drawing from his profession and his sicilian-canadian back round, he is an internationaly award winning poet. Several of his poems have been published in Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine,The Wild Word,The Chamber Magazine, Lothlorian Poetry Journal,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, and Philedelphia Poets . He has had two books of poetry published— The Cancer Chronicles and The Ghosts of Water Street.