Blues For French Roast With Chicory by Martina Reisz Newberry

Too corpulent to be a mist
or steam rising from
one more cup of coffee,

yet here  you are again––
my favorite ghost––
hair waving, light-footed,

fragile fingered…
your thunderstorm of a smile
cleansed at one time, never healed,

but knew how to cleanse
and does, I guess, to this minute.
It was grace that set you free,

oh Prince of Lighthouses
and Hauntings, grace that
pointed you to a path without

barriers or pot holes, and grace
that kissed you goodbye,
left very quietly without tears

Or cursing or questions.
It was truly amazing grace
that surrounded you with

a benign fare-thee-well
and a faint touch on your hand
and not one request––no, not one.

Bob Seeger says he
“Stood alone on a mountain top,
starin’ out at the Great Divide,”

figured next time he’d get it right.
Well, I like to think I have
done just that except for those

brief times at the beginning
of Fall’s sad visions
when the light starts to fail

and a ghost shows how little he
has to do with the day’s
last cup of coffee.

Martina Reisz Newberry
​Newberry’s books are NEVER COMPLETELY AWAKE (Deerbrook Editions), TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME (due out in late 2017 from Unsolicited Press), WHERE IT GOES (Deerbrook Editions), LEARNING BY ROTE (Deerbrook Editions), RUNNING LIKE A WOMAN WITH HER HAIR ON FIRE (Red Hen Press), LIMA BEANS AND CITY CHICKEN: MEMORIES OF THE OPEN HEARTH (E.P. Dutton &Co) Her work has been anthologized and widely published in the U.S. and abroad. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Brian Newberry, a Media Creative.

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