Poetry: Rodney Nelson’s “Up There”

////Poetry: Rodney Nelson’s “Up There”

Rodney Nelson


Up There

“Golden” by Zlatko Crlj

you see the district on the hill you must
have known

the orange poplar leaves of it

around an iron bench you would recall
if you were free to

even that building

with a tower that might have made you think
of a donjon

you or someone with you

and you would walk right up there if you could
to let the flagstone of the avenue

the light on it

pique a remembering

but you cannot

she said the two of you

were never meant to meet again so to
go back would flout her

and you are old now

another man

for whom the district on
the hill up there is closed to memory


About the writer:
Rodney Nelson‘s work began appearing in mainstream journals long ago. He has lived in various parts of the country, working as a licensed psychiatric technician and copy editor, and now resides in the northern Great Plains. Recently published chapbook and book titles are Metacowboy, Mogollon Picnic, Hill of Better Sleep, Felton Prairie, In Wait, Cross Point Road, Late & Later, The Western Wide, Billy Boy, Ahead of Evening, Winter in Fargo, Hjemkomst, Canyon, Time Tacit, and Minded Places.

Image: “Golden” by Zlatko Crlj, a photographer from Ljubljana, Slovenia. By permission.

By | 2018-11-08T00:40:17+00:00 November 8th, 2018|LITERARY ARTS, Lyric, Poetry|