MONET BLUES – poetry by James Goertel

MONET BLUES – poetry by James Goertel
Claude Monet. Water Lilies, c. 1915, Neue Pinakothek, Munich

Claude Monet. Water Lilies, c. 1915, Neue Pinakothek, Munich


Some days obscured, but still believed

and the radio playing decades,
playing me
for sentimental reasons
only the warm rum knows
but never whispers
in an ear listening for the rain
the weatherman promised
and I am counting on
to turn the waiting window
into an impressionistic lens,
to blur the landscape
lying between
the past and this memory of you
even an aging fool’s bittersweet tears
cannot seem to becloud.

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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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