Cedar Island

Cedar Island

Cedar Island

A Poem by Richard King Perkins II

After years swallowed in unseen warrens,

lost in mythological cycles

 

I wash up on the empurpled beaches

of your cedar island

 

where you breathe sweetcane and myrtle

into my second childhood.

 

Ether of eager opaline

and keenest sweet of rabidity

 

we’re cut off from the world,

inveigled in heavenmetal

 

adaptable like nothing else

in skies of thunderous ballad.

 

Even if we remember most vividly

the things we don’t want to recall

 

there is rebirth

in every imagined destruction

 

of other lives misaligned, aborted;

faintly rediscovered in tides leaving shore.

Richard King Perkins II

Richard King Perkins II is a state-sponsored advocate for residents in long-term care facilities. He lives in Crystal Lake, IL, with his wife, Vickie and daughter, Sage. He is a three-time Pushcart, Best of the Net and Best of the Web nominee whose work has appeared in more than a thousand publications including The Louisiana Review, Plainsongs, Texas Review, Hawai’i Review, Roanoke Review, Sugar House Review and The William and Mary Review.

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