Summer, Part I & II

Summer Part I

Where is crash and burn? angst of summer, pacing, obsessing, chattering, arms circling dogs to remain earth-bound, absent voices pounding eardrums, earth quaking into cranial fissures, reading to forget, forgetting what read, counting ticks till 4, randomly signaling heft of day passed, without tripping to ER or razoring in tub

Part II

Focus splintered, write (sometimes), read 4 books at once, draw for new class, simple lines challenge, amorphous hands humiliate, bedroom/office neater more frames than walls, where is clean space with desk and chair, new laptop confounds, its bytes busy (critical) space in brain, one Western Digital Passport from submitting poems on anniversary (belated)


Richmond, VA

Judy Melchiorre is a poet and a substitute teacher for Henrico County. She is a member of River City Poets and participates in critiques, workshops and open mics. She is proud to be a co-editor of Lingering in the Margins, River City Anthology (pending release), along with Joanna Lee and Marsha Owens. She is a member of James River Writers and the Poetry Society of Virginia. She resides on the northside of Richmond, Virginia with her husband, one ornery cat and two sweet dogs.