He felt as if he were born

to the sawdust and nails

of writing, working daily

in hours of solitude

to construct an architecture

which at times

seemed like a pointless task,

devoid of shelter for any dweller,

a paper house

easily toppled in a stray breeze.

On many afternoons

he abandoned the work,

meandered outdoors

to view the project from afar,

somewhat defeated yet relieved

once he soaked his head

in the light of the sun

which cleansed the metaphors

from his brain,

allowing a bit of respite

while the half house

toppled in a sigh of wind.

He could hear the creaks

of settling rubble.

Fallen walls,

once separated by nouns and verbs,

were now splintered by light

in puffs of dust,

carried off with a gust,

floating until an alternative blueprint

penciled in his head,

a new rhythm of nails

that bonded another design,

stirring his desire

to return to his desk.



Michael Keshigian’s seventh poetry chapbook, Wildflowers, will be released this Fall 2011 by Flutter Press. He has been widely published in numerous national and international journals and appeared as feature writer in over a dozen publications. Recently, his collection of poems entitled Lunar Images, was set to music for Clarinet, Piano, and Narrator by Boston composer Dennis Leclaire and premiered at Del Mar College in Texas on November 5, 2010. A Boston premier took place on March 7, 2011 at the Berklee College of Music and a September 2011 performance occurred in Moleto, Italy. (



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