2 Poems from Roger Patulny

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Long Golden Light of Afternoon

Diffuse light
moted with suspended skin flakes 
trailing from a desiccated scalp
illuminates a toilet door

The tinkle of the poker machines
helps with urination
stall door creaking
trough redolent of Peerless Lavender refresher
he sips at a chronic pint glass
to ease wheezing

Constipation softened
unsuspended in amber
he uncrumples his crossword
quiet hagiography with
half a hefty rump 
upon a stool

and bends into the shape of a prone man upright
long in thought
in the long and golden light
of the afternoon.

Scrolls

Spilt milk excites 
gunshot barks as
spoodles skid on polished concrete 
fretting at the feet of pre-child couples
who croon jejune as

a boy thirteen 
discharges sweaty coins and
streaks the counter with his coppery reflection 
small and slender
puckered lips a tilde
shoulder blades unknotting

cinnamon … scroll

baristas spray and swipe the change 
sunlight glares upon a paper bag
his thirteen-year-old smile
hung like a wire coat hanger
swings wild as he backsteps on a spoodle
barking banging awkward angled elbows 
poking packets of granola 
wobbling the eggs 
adult glances slide off him 
as he fades back into 
an ugly corner 
and scrolls


Roger Patulny is a Sydney based academic, writer and poet, and is the Chief Editor for Authora Australis. He has published fiction in the The Suburban Review and poems in Cordite, Poets Corner InDaily, the arts magazine Dwell Time, The Rye Whisky Review, and Silver Birch Press. 

By davidlonan1

David writes poetry, short stories, and writings that'll make you think or laugh, provoking you to examine images in your mind. To submit poetry, photography, art, please send to feversofthemind@gmail.com. Twitter: @davidLOnan1 + @feversof Facebook: DavidLONan1

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