Today's poem is by Oliver Bendorf

Dog Days

When my camera looks up at November, it shows me
the darkest part of the maple & then gives out.
You were halfway down the street at that point

and more belligerent than I recalled, which I now
understand happens with the years,

each one a brother further gone. You and I, we are not
so different. We grout our voids with applesauce.
We wear our sorrows like a kindergarten costume,

try to contain the glitter, an impossible proposition.
When I die, look for me at the feeder: a red-bellied

woodpecker capped and dashing in a salt and pepper
overcoat, my skull tightly wrapped to absorb the impact
from repetitive things I do to fill my hunger. Yes,

there will be glitter. Your hair will be unseasonably
salty. I will bring the flashlight.

Copyright © 2011 Oliver Bendorf All rights reserved
from Sugar House Review
Reprinted by Verse Daily® with permission

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