the old crow welcomes winter

the old crow welcomes winter

i change         not hill
not tree
              to other rules

the next step’s
the liquid fall
              are deeper
tales       like a still sea
whispering             we are
unobvious            & dead ships sail
to other songs 

i keep the notes
close                 & everything’s a little
a little
                  more tired
just asking
what it’s like to be human

there are places
where the world seeps through
where monsters
like shells
on empty beaches         holes
in the sky
singular response
from all my voices

a cold wind tonight

© Reuben Woolley

When I write of abuse and suffering, I write for the silenced and for the unvoiced. There is nowhere poetry cannot go. —Reuben Woolley

This poem will also appear on The Woven Tale Press website as part of a feature on Activist-Poets on Monday, April 25, 2016.

View guest contributor Rueben Woolley’s bio HERE


Jamie Dedes is a Lebanese-American poet and free-lance writer. She is the founder and curator of The Poet by Day, info hub for poets and writers, and the founder of The Bardo Group, publishers of The BeZine, of which she was the founding editor and currently a co-manager editor with Michael Dickel. Ms. Dedes is the Poet Laureate of Womawords Press 2020 and U.S associate to that press as well. Her debut collection, "The Damask Garden," is due out fall 2020 from Blue Dolphin Press.

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