Eagle, Image of a Dog, Oxygen

By Cheryl Lawton Malone


Image courtesy of Randolf Rautenberg (flickr.com)

Image courtesy of Randolf Rautenberg (flickr.com)

Sitting on a steel summit of light
high above the traffic on Interstate 75,
his imperial head rotates,
absorbing images across retinal cells
of infinite resolution.
Dissatisfied, I’m sure,
with the passing herds of metal buffalo
and our soft mortal skins,
his black wings unfurl,
stretching, lifting,
the hot draft to rise.
Mounting the clouds to airy Olympus,
he flies white,
in timeless space.


Image of a Dog

Two boys and a girl
on a beach
walking their dog,
not far from the missiles,
that promise to cut
their feet like slivered shells.

The sea rakes the shells,
erasing their prints
in the hazy sunshine
as they squint at the camera.

Image courtesy of Paul Fisher (flickr.com)

Image courtesy of Paul Fisher (flickr.com)

Until the dog,
one blue eye
one brown,
hearing the call
of its DNA
bolts down the beach,
chasing a ball,
and shatters the lens.






After the sweltering heat
and soaking rain,
dense white clouds rise
into a tower of bright air
pushed up by the teutonic force
of hot and cold,
morphing into a pair
of eyes,
a particular nose,
and the stupid lips
reddened by the sun,
of your ex-best friend
kissing someone else.

Image courtesy of Darren Kirby (flickr.com)

Image courtesy of Darren Kirby (flickr.com)

Cheryl MaloneCheryl Lawton Malone is a freelance writer and poet who lives with her husband and two Irish Wheaten terriers. Currently, she teaches creative writing at Grub Street, a nonprofit writer’s organization in Boston, MA. In 2013, her children’s poetry reached the finals of the March Madness Poetry Slam, and in 2012, placed 16th in the 7th Annual Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards. In addition, her poetry and writing have been published in numerous journals, anthologies and online magazine, including Infective Ink, bumples.com, and Magic Cat Press.

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