Empire by Dan Sicoli

a whisper descends upon our desperate street
as undulating trees sway and shiver
kidnapping clouds

a time of pendulums
over a snippet of youth
a comforting thought
of your beautiful transcendence
an emergent and unfettered republic

and yet young couples
ballroom dance
                a dervish of skirt here
        a devil of hand there

opaque vows
with a lusty frontier

Dan Sicoli

Dan Sicoli, of Niagara Falls, New York, USA, is the author of two poetry chapbooks from Pudding House Publications (Columbus, Ohio), Pagan Supper and the allegories. He can sometimes be found in local dives, saloons and barrelhouses banging on an old Gibson with an area rock’n’roll band.


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