The Wayward Orchard / Paul Sohar

About the Author

Sunfish Pond
Requiem for a Refugee Camp
Summer Past
The Geese Were Gone
The Wayward Orchard
Mount Katahdin
A Tour Without Virgil
The Ravished
My Dream House
The God of Spring
The (Last) Party
The Secret
The Other
This Wall
Little Night Music
Being and Its Skin
Grandma’s Silence
The Ruler of the Mirror
The Silent Dreamer
• Keep It Simple 
Canyon Dreams



Keep It Simple

It could be all so simple
     if we painted every room the same,
maybe flesh tone would be best;
     we wouldn’t have to paint ourselves
or seek out matching clothes
     when we stood around talking
to the walls, each to a separate one,
     and of course scaling the windows
would be easy too, like
     dancing on the ceiling — just one
step above the molding and the one-note
     symphony would sustain our one frozen gesture,
maybe a hand over the eyes,
     just in case another color
were to intrude into our perfect home.

  © Paul Sohar, 2011