Christopher Franke
Christopher Franke outside Cleveland’s Brandt Gallery on 12 July 2008
[photo by Jesus Crisis]


Life’s Fore Ever

When gone the life we were still is . . . .
It murmurs in the wind . . . & stands
in the stiller moments of the
day & the night.  It is an ayre

like a meadow sings in the eye,
or music of an unseen source.

It tousles the locks of forests;
it strokes the nap of grass & bloom.

It’s reiki to a lover’s yen.
But carries the blather of Re-
publicans to billow hell’s glow.
& whatever heaven joy is  laughs!

Upon water, it may mirror . . .
or in its stir . . . be a sea’s wave.



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Poem by Christopher Franke — reproduced here with the author’s permission

For a video of Chris Franke’s featured reading during the Deep Cleveland Poetry Hour in August 2008, visit
http://crisisblog.crisischronicles.com/2008/09/15/deep-cleveland-poetry-15-august-2008-with-christopher-franke.aspx

Cleveland’s Christopher Franke is founder of Deciduous Press and author of collections including (but not limited to) Paren’s Thesis, frankeana/miscellangy, Routines, and =5

For more Franke poetry see the
Cleveland Poetry Archive, ArtCrimes, The City Poetry 5, and