Melancholy Hyperbole

Poetry about longing.

Tag Archive for ‘JD Duff’

The Deconstruction of Aunt Jemima

In a swarm of superheroes, my swollen lips and tar face invite aiming, shriveled fingers from Catholic nuns who smirk as they view my conversion.   Crisp leaves cling to my darkened hands and the wind curses my display while we parade around the school grounds in our disguised march.   Surrounded by pupils peeking though plastic masks, my stuffed apron and kerchief center me.   As the drumming laughter […]

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Alien Life

I read about your death on the back page of The Daily Point. Flashbacks of you: small, mute, three steps behind your mother in braids, hiking at Pound Ridge with granola and plums, a swarm of kids chasing your sister around the high school track while you sat by an old elm and counted stalks of dying weeds.   That summer your grandfather slouched in the warm shade, clutching his […]

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