Faux Thaw - D. R. James

If ever a day so deceitful, so
promising in its delicate sunshine,
you’d stow all the wools and flannels, change out
storms for screens ‒ the mud-framed sidewalks, matted
gardens so bathed in clemency you’d stamp
COMMUTED on the calendar and free
those squirmy inmates from their times-sevens
and prepositions to make a giddy
getaway into rumpus rooms of blue
and wispy white ‒ today’s that kind of day.

D. R. James lives with his wife, psychotherapist Suzy Doyle, in the woods east of the Lake Michigan town of Saugatuck, Michigan. With six grown children between them and six small grandchildren they are kept plenty busy, but, when not, they like to cycle along many miles of their country roads and/or veg on the deck watching the birds and deer. James has taught writing, literature, and peace-making and coached struggling students in study skills and college-life management at a small liberal arts college for 35 years. His poems and prose appear in a variety of journals, and his most recent of nine poetry collections are Flip Requiem (Dos Madres Press, 2020), Surreal Expulsion (The Poetry Box, 2019), and If god were gentle (Dos Madres Press, 2017). His micro-chapbook All Her Jazz is free, fun, and printable-for-folding at the Origami Poems Project. https://www.amazon.com/author/drjamesauthorpage