Rising - John L. Stanizzi

Asleep with thunder, asleep with lightning, asleep with the wet blanket of rain.
Lightning flashes the color of the day in dreams.

Morning with its slow breathing, its bright tunnel of reminiscences
and surprise, the ghost of imaginings silently opening the door.

Is it cooler in the shadow under the leaf?
In the water stains left in the wood by the storm?

Twenty sparrows like one sparrow.
There are tracks in the sky where the birds have flown.

Silver spotted skippers dance in the close air around the butterfly bush,
touch down on purple blossoms and quietly applaud.

Questions asked near the shadow of the fence,
its reflection in the pond, vanishing and reappearing over and over.

The day moving forward, slow and enormous
and exactly like this just this once.

Morning with its wrinkled sheets, stiffness in the body,
and the bones of the absolute in a heap by the door.

John L. Stanizzi is author of the full-length collections: Ecstasy Among Ghosts, Sleepwalking, Dance Against the Wall, After the Bell, Hallelujah Time!, High Tide – Ebb Tide, Four Bits – Fifty 50-Word Pieces, and Chants.  His poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, American Life in Poetry, The New York Quarterly, and many others. He has read at venues all over New England, including the Mystic Arts Café, and the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival. Stanizzi coordinated the Fresh Voices Poetry Competition for Young Poets at Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, CT, and is a teaching artist for the national recitation contest, Poetry Out Loud.  John’s newest ollection, Sundowning, will be out later this year with Main Street Mag.  A former New England Poet of the Year, Stanizzi teaches literature at Manchester Community College in Manchester, CT, and he lives with his wife, Carol, in Coventry.