Tuesday Poetry with James Goertel. Today: Pattern Recognition

Tuesday Poetry with James Goertel. Today: Pattern Recognition

PATTERN RECOGNITION by James Goertel at today’s Tuesday Poetry.

Snowflakes on a handrail in Germany. Macro photo taken in manual mode. Source: wikipedia. Author: Sara2.

Snowflakes on a handrail in Germany. Macro photo taken in manual mode. Source: wikipedia. Author: Sara2.


With each new snowfall
I grow older,
bend the same as boughs of pine
laden with a new year’s burden
whitening evergreen, graying hair –
pattern recognition
defying sunny California
where I wandered canyons
with young legs, young heart
pushing blood into limbs
through ascension Thursday,
Friday, Saturday, Sunday,
weekends spent
in stoned desire to see the sea,
Pacific Coast Highway spying,
well aware of feral twin Atlantic’s
long drawn Nor’easters
along lines from southern climes
to new found lands
which seem as foreign here at twilight
as they did at dawn
when I awoke to rum mornings
without a thought of the bitters and Absolut
awaiting stiff joints, a crooked spine,
and dentition failing a smile which once entrapped
blue eyed, blonde haired beauties
my stutter, my stammer could not sway
beyond a night, beyond bliss kissed afternoons
spent hallucinating hallucinations of self portraits
painted with testosterone and perfume
which faded leaving no Shroud of Turin
upon a canvas of unclean cotton sheets,
though mummifying moments for memories
to wander back through
of a hundred seasons of sun, wind, rain, and snow
with only fallen, frostbit leaves
as keepsakes for all the warm kisses
taken for granted,
thawing a score and more of winters,
exposing stumbled footsteps
to the one I weather now.


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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