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RC deWinter


Grimaldi by Kinga Ogieglo

in the teeth of a black night
i sat in the study
with a smoke and a brandy
contemplating the wreckage of my life
when the ghost of love appeared
and settled himself into a wing chair
following each puff and sip
with envious eyes

i smiled and rising crossed the room
waving the cigarette and the snifter
under his nose
his laughter the echo of silence
as he reached for me
his long lucent arms circling my legs
as if to pull me into his lap

i leaned into his transparency
feeling the heat of whatever was left of him
and he shattered into the music of forever
next i knew it was morning
cruel sunlight filling the room
with the promise of another day
and as i picked myself up off the floor
i caught a whiff of eternity


About the writer:
RC deWinter’s poetry is widely anthologized, notably in New York City Haiku (NY Times, 2/2017), easing the edges: a collection of everyday miracles, (Patrick Heath Public Library of Boerne, 11/2021) The Connecticut Shakespeare Festival Anthology (River Bend Bookshop Press, 12/2021), in print: 2River, Event, Gargoyle Magazine, the minnesota review, Night Picnic Journal, Plainsongs, Prairie Schooner, Southword, The Ogham Stone, Twelve Mile Review, York Literary Review among many others and appears in numerous online literary journals.

Image: Grimaldi by Kinga Ogieglo (contemporary). Oil on paper. 30 x 42 cm. 2015. By free license.

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