I have a new book out: Carmine Fin, Golden Road. It's a collection of poems from 2014-2016. Enjoy!
The Mirror of Heaven
The Mirror of Heaven
Carmine Fin, Golden Road
at the first house there is a cul- de- sac within a cul-de-sac, which is stupid until I see the sand, and the houses that give off heartache.
At the second house is a wooden platform in a half-circle shape, fed by stairs of wood. The people march up and down.
At the third house, all is opulence. A carved oak door with intricate patterns shuts heavily behind me. all glass walls and multi-levels of luxury are mine for the taking. But all I really want is the elixir that will cure my eyes. On the way out, I shut off all the T.V.’s, even the old-fashioned black and white one from the 50’s. the oak door shuts behind me and I am on the sandstone landing. The black man is there, illuminated by the porch bulb.
“What shall we do with you?” he says. I am caught. Resignedly, I let him drag me to the waiting family at the airport.
Again, there are multiple levels and the matriarch in furs, smiling bitterly at me.
“Well, let’s see if my husband wants to press charges.” They are all very tall, the children home from college and the husband, who eyes me from on high with an expression of suppressed hilarity.
“He’s a little drunk,” says the matriarch. “You’re in luck.” No charges are pressed.
At the second house there was a path through the woods back onto the road, which I emerged from to the neighborhood’s looks of consternation.
Then the rest happened.
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