Coffee Shop Poems #1

{New thing? Will be writing posting random thoughts that I write while drinking coffee but cannot use in a poem, so instead, I write mini-poems. Not spoken word, really. Just lyrical poems, and the like.}

Dancing on electrical lines

we risk death by plummeting to unforgiving earth

let loose from the upside gravity we experience

or lurid electrocution from the wired noose

our kites are meant for thunderstorms

the norms of science do not apply here

where gravity appears then vanishes

into a black felt top hat

that flattens under the pressure of the sky

just as we do when finally we die


About Derek Berry

Derek Berry is a novelist and spoken word poet. Derek is the author of Heathens and Liars of Lickskillet County (PRA Publishing, 2016). He co-founded and organizes The Unspoken Word, a literary non-profit based out of Charleston, SC, which provides an intendent home for the poetic arts through regular readings, workshops, and community fundraisers. He is on the Executive Board of the Charleston Poetry Festival, the inaugural production of which will be Fall 2017. His work has appeared in The Southern Tablet, Cattywampus, Charleston Currents, Illuminations, RiverSedge, and other journals.He has performed in venues across the United States and Germany. He has worked as a photographer’s assistant, busboy, and bookseller. He currently works at a curation facility for Cold War History.

Posted on December 9, 2011, in Poems, Poetry, writer, Writing, Young Poets for Change and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I think this is wonderful, so lucid and free. I hope you do more of these!

  2. I love the line “Our kites are meant for thunderstorms”. That’s awesome right there.

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