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




Two bulging melons
wrapped in blue denim
hang over the picnic bench

beer mugs pause to ogle and
froth up into a smile but
then slump down into puddles

of oompah blasts down
under the zigzagging feet and land
on the grass beyond the tent —

paper plates are the eyes of the
picnic table eying the wurst and
kraut and the blue bulges hop

like melons rolling from a cart
bounce over the polka beat of
cobblestones laid by the band

and melt into the swirling
fish tank of the dance floor
where the picnic explodes

into a million colorful confetti
that  keep raining down for days
and nights on empty paper plates

  © Paul Sohar, 2011