The Exquisite Corpse

Dennis Saleh

Who sleeps with an angel
crushes a feather
The lesson of the flower
blindfolds in black soil
This is not white
only silence its memory
A drop of sunlight makes
a halo on the rosary bead
Sea races and dashes
the silent statues of days
In the House of Strangers
the plague of 1000 doubts
The hands of a clock
sculpt a mirror into stone
An automatic moment propels
itself in the face of time
The wings of the sky cast
bird shadows over a sundial
Lift wand of night to the dying ochres’
instrumental
The menses of the crescent
carve an ivory bas relief
Put on the hat of the moon
Stride away to the stars
The future concludes nothing
True or false

Dennis Saleh

Dennis Saleh’s poetry, prose, and artwork have appeared widely in magazines and collections, including Blackbird, International Poetry Review, New Millennium Writings, and Psychological Perspectives, as well as the forthcoming poetry anthologies, Reeds and Rough Places Plain. He has read from his poetry, and a novel in progress set in ancient Egypt, at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose, California.


Who sleeps with an angel crushes a feather The lesson of the flower blindfolds in black soil This is not white only silence its memory A drop of sunlight makes a halo on the rosary bead Sea races and dashes the silent statues of days In the House of Strangers the plague of 1000 doubts …

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