Front Porch Review
Treated in burley and cavendish.
Traces of coconut, rum, and vanilla curl the corners of its emulsion.
Years suspended in gelatin. Silver halide crystals saturated with
that specific green, somewhere between lime and apple,
which upholstered the armchair my great aunt smoked her black walnut briar pipe in.
I savour this scratch-n-sniff chromogenic moment,
whiffing the remnants of yesteryear and condensing her
into an exhaled breath.
Jeremy J. Sutton is a San Franciscan. At age thirteen, he wrote his first poem to comfort his cousin. He continued to write into his twenties but, as his responsibilities grew, he wrote less and less.
During his hiatus from poetry, Jeremy married, fathered two children, adopted five dogs, lived in three states, and ended his career in marketing to become a high school English teacher. Twenty-five years later, Jeremy is writing poetry again and was first published in The Eunoia Review in 2020.
Jeremy teaches American Literature to 11th graders and chairs the English department at a large, urban, public high school. He lives in Oakland, California with his wife, two children, and puppy. He is an amateur photographer who never stopped shooting film. He volunteers his time to Scouts BSA. Jeremy believes the secret to happiness is to serve others.