These are two poems by Ric Amante, a regular contributor at the OutLoud at the Beebe open mike series.
Life lies crouched
in the low yellow fires of forsythia
catching us unaware and timebound
eyes locked to the curb
heart leaking regret, sorrow
or any old poison
this long passage slowly extracts.
Until we too begin to know
to scrape cold ground
with a tentative, bold efflorescence
after winter’s long crush
of darkness and snow
has freighted all our limbs.
A chilling burden then
burst of resurrection
yields delicate yellow flowers
daring cobalt thoughts
on a sudden spring morning
just when you feel you have had enough
and are willing to be done with amazement.
Wish You Were Here
Fifty yards out my motel picture window,
the Atlantic rolls in and slides back
in rumpled white sheets.
Five miles further out,
scallop boats are black spindles
against a blood-orange sky.
And in the foreground by the sagging snow-fence,
planes of gold light fracture the eaves
of a vacant chartreuse beach-house—
a Hopper painting, a Hopi cliffside,
a stark embrace of sun and line.
I walk out onto my second-floor porch,
take a seat on the cold plastic chair,
take in all that’s before me,
all that is missing.
Ric Amante has published frequently in the underground Scriptor Press, as well as the Cenacle, an online poetry journal. He has also received an award from the Poetry on the Buses series in Seattle. Amante co-founded the original Open Mike in Melrose at Bookmarkit Books in 2000, a precursor to OutLoud at the Beebe. Amante has appeared regularly at OutLoud.
OutLoud at the Beebe - a monthly open mike for poetry, prose, and music - meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month from 7:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Beebe Estate's art gallery, 235 W. Foster St., Melrose. Most OutLoud events include a featured writer or performer, as well as open mike. Please see our website for more information. Outloud is supported in part by the Melrose Cultural Council, a local agency backed by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.