Dusk, Blue, Winter by John Timothy Robinson

Dusk, Blue, Winter

Dogs have drug deer bones into the yard.
I hate cold weather, gray clouds
that never seem to break or move.
Day Lilies sprout in late, January warmth,
risen from soil’s thawed, open tomb.
Spring begs a wind for pollen scent.

Air is a mixture of scents;
stench of wood, coal, manure and rot in the yard.
A season filled with absence, entombed
within obscure, abstract clouds.
It doesn’t help to think of warmth.
Layered with dreams, I cannot move.

Just days ago, a false sign of geese moved
across morning sky, though the musty scent
of a mouse rose as I drove to work in warmth.
Pain of this cold leaves evidence in the yard.
Eyes attempt to fix on hope, distant clouds
locked inside this season’s tomb.

Each night of four snow days, I made a tomb
of our living-room, in thermals and covers, did not move.
I couldn’t even think of clouds.
Evenings you could smell sweet-wood scent.
A week passed before we saw the yard.
As temperatures increased, I would praise warmth.

Days now linger, edging on early spring, warmer
hours force out from a dim tomb
all this pessimism frozen in the yard.
Slowly, each day encourages movement.
Dinner becomes enriched with fragrant scents.
A gradual shift of mood with blue sky beyond cloud.

Hold off these flurries from darker clouds,
break their crippling hold with sunlight’s warmth.
Soon weather turns for good, a jonquil scent
destroying all thought of death, this dull tomb
from which I’ve risen, now move
eager thoughts of growth and work, a summer yard.

This yard’s dusk, blue, winter dissolving, clouds
give way, move from dismal cold to March warmth.
Let me walk from this tomb, my bones on green budded scents.

© 2018 John Timothy Robinson


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John Timothy Robinson is a traditional, mainstream citizen and ten-year educator for Mason County Schools in Mason County, WV who holds a Regent’s Degree. He has an interest in Critical Theory of poetry and American Formalism. John’s poetry has appeared in fifty-two journals since August 2016, the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, electronic and print. He has also published several literary critical essays. As a printmaker, John has published thirty-four art images which have appeared in ten journals and websites in the United States and Italy.

Recent and forthcoming work;

The Road Not Taken, River Poets Journal and Old Red Kimono.

Critical/Craft Essays;

“The Origin of “Wind on the Water.” Fine Lines Creative Writing Journal 2017.

“The Poet and Society” Ginsoko Literary Journal, Issue 19, Summer 2017.

“Interview with Suzanna Anderson on Writers and Creativity.” The Magnolia Review 2017.

“Structuralist Stereographic Aspects of Donald Hall’s “The Town of Hill” was accepted for presentation only at the 49th Annual Conference of Northeast Modern Language Association with editorial selections facilitated through Critical Mass: New Doors in Critical Theory.

“An Aesthetic for Printmaking” first appeared in Empty Mirror 2018.
“The Shallows Interview Questions on the accompanying poem, “A Crumpled Piece of Notebook Paper” for Issue 2, 2018.


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