Spring 2005 Issue

bear dream 3

deer in beds
beside cut cedar
I let the trap door slam
bottles toppled
but in a corner
I swept black feathers into a pile
ice lay shattered
in the stairwell
you sang to me in your mother's voice
old-time songs
(I've since forgotten)
in the light of early evening
snow fell lightly
outside your window
I saw in turn the jays and sparrows
winter turned to summertime
(and you were young
like in Missoula
in bed alone
it wasn't ours
you lit a cigarette
and smiled
pulled a sheet up to your breasts)
crazy people searched the prairie
whispered riddles
laughing loudly
a brilliant light shone through the window
I called to you
but you ignored me
and tossed my book
onto a shelf
I heard small children
in the hallway
three were singing
one was crying
a rose lay wilted on the dresser
a giveaway
but faked and spiteful
you drew a bath
the cellar flooded
but from the pantry
you saved canned peaches
and in black feathers vermin scattered
a cruel deception
I watched and waited
you returned alone
but in anger
scoffed tradition
and blamed me for the cold wet winter.

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Editor's Note


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The poetry of Jeff Lockwood has appeared in The FifthStreet Review (where he was a featured artist), Tiferet, A Journal of Spiritual Literature, the Kennesaw Review, Tribal Fires Journal, Bitter Oleander Press (forthcoming), March Street Press (a book-length manuscript of poems and prose poems, forthcoming), SNReview (Summer 2004), and other creative and academic publications. He’s received numerous academic awards, including the Fulbright, and he's a Sequoyah Fellow. Lockwood makes his home in the Cabinet Mountains of Montana, but still calls his birthplace, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, home. This winter/spring he’ll spend some four months in Jamaica, where he plans to write one publishable poem. Lockwood is of Chippewa ancestry. He recently completed the MFA-Writing program at Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont.

Copyright 2005, Jeff Lockwood. This work is protected under the U.S. copyright laws. It may not be reproduced, reprinted, reused, or altered without the expressed written permission of the author.