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



A Tour Without Virgil

a make-believe tour inside
an insane asylum,
talking with someone
who’s someone else;

words are what
shape our lips
and pictures we see
put a glow in the eyes,

and yet the words here
flee like numbers on TV,
because the lips you watch
belong to someone else;

the eyes that watch you
are busy painting pictures,
you could drown in the oil,
smothered by the ochre smears,

and soon the pictures
overlap in waves, the garden
hangs on the wall
and the wall walks

behind you, your shadow
holds it for an umbrella,
and inside it locked up
is your private 10th Circle.

  © Paul Sohar, 2011


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