Variables  2017             Ed Touchette

percussion from the truck
on the flatiron
call of a gull
over the wall
knee high rubber boots
on the old man
In the parking lot
and on the young mother
who uses them gardening
a fall climbing the rocks
unbalanced by the bag
full of water and clothes
pulled up by a young woman
who says Be Careful
her friend offers a path
No Thanks It’s poison ivy

Melissa de Haan Cummings
6 June 2019


Melissa de Haan Cummings majored in French and English Literature at Bryn Mawr. She has published poetry in a number of journals.  She describes her interests as including, “much small boating around Cape Ann, love of Charles Olson, Hatha yoga practice since 1969.”



One thought on “PERCUSSION

  1. I’ve enjoyed Ed Touchette’s “Variables” and Melissa de Haan Cummings poem
    “Percussion ” . Thank you for the post.


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