A Thousand Words by Richard Schnap

Madness has its own methods
Of making you aware of it

A painting that depicts a rainbow
And a tornado at the same time

A print of a man embracing
A woman with the face of a mirror

A photo of a hand reaching
Toward the window of a ruined room

A sketch of a sign on the curve
Of a road with a question mark

A landscape of an antique bed
In the heart of a magic forest

For we collect objects that speak
A language only we understand

Like a self portrait of an artist
Beneath a sheet of shattered glass

Richard Schnap is a poet, songwriter and collagist living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A two-time Best of the Net nominee, his poems have most recently appeared locally, nationally and overseas and his chapbook, “A Wind From Nowhere”, is available from Flutter Press.

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