Three Poems by R. Gerry Fabian

Just Waiting For A Title

I have a song in me
that doesn’t have a title.
It has a Tastee Freez
closed for the winter sadness.
The song occurs in late fall.
Even though there are lovers;
it is not a ballad.
The refrain is stabbed
by saxophone urgency.
But I goose bump to the lyrics.
They are exceptional words
that go together so well
I always wonder
if they were really written
or if they have been together
swirling in the air currents
just waiting for a title.


They’ve torn down
the three-storey building
whose shadow
always used to darken
the alley
where we first made love.

The fact
that after all these years
we still make
a national landmark love
quite well
of our early
architectural design.

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Harvesting Vows

She is the cornucopia –
the grain that nourishes,
the apples of temptation,
the grapes of lust,
the bitter cranberry of healing,
the pumpkin antioxidants,
the universal practicality of corn.

Her autumn harvest
is the cloth
to wipe the 
field perspiration
and broken blisters.

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