Tuesday Poetry with James Goertel: Moon and Sand

Tuesday Poetry with James Goertel: Moon and Sand

MOON AND SAND from James Goertel’s bi-weekly poetry feature, Under The Same Moon, remembers the iconic trumpet player Chet Baker.


Tuesday Poetry with James Goertel: Moon and Sand

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MOON AND SAND (In Memory of Chet Baker)

No longer able

To hold the moon from the tide,
Tide from the sand, the sand
From his eyes;

His hands losing their finger grip
On the reins of a white horse,
A pale Pegasus

No longer able

To fly, so falling; the wind left to
Whistle a final melody through
His graying mane,

Blowing a soft arpeggio of notes,
A last breath to the moon
And the sand.


James Goertel. Under The Same Moon

James Goertel. Under The Same Moon


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Born in North Dakota, James Goertel spent twenty years working in television for ABC, NBC, and ESPN, among many others in the U.S. He currently teaches writing at Penn State. Carry Each His Burden (2011) was his fiction debut. Each Year an Anthem (2012) was his poetry debut. With No Need for a Name (2012) and Self Portrait (2013) are his follow-up collections. His debut novel Let the Power Fall will be published in 2014.

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