Richard Schnap – TWO POEMS

MORNING STAR

He appears before each dawn

At the end of every night

Caught between two worlds

A prisoner of twilight

And in his brief release

From his solitary cell

He hovers like a beacon

For those who feel his fate

For between the blinding sun

And the curtain stained in black

Is what only seems a second

That is over way too soon

A book that’s just beginning

A bird that first takes flight

Destined to touch the sky

As it fades and disappears

STUDIES IN THE DARK

He painted surreal portraits

Of the women in his life

Revealing their secret selves

The one raised in a funeral home

Where she learned to prepare corpses

A bride married to a ghost

The one whose landscapes of gardens

Concealed her father’s abuse

A nun with a vow of silence

And the one who sold her body

Who wed her best customer

A mannequin waking from sleep

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Richard Schnap is a poet, songwriter and collagist living in Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania. His poems have most recently appeared in such publications
as the Poppy Road Review, The Camel Saloon, Dead Snakes, The Boston
Literary Magazine and vox poetica.

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