Poems

Andrew James Menken: ‘The Yellow Gate’ and ‘The Somnambulist’

The Yellow Gate Most of the yellow gate is in sunlight, but some of the yellow gate is in shade; two birds pierce the blue sky: a pair of black arrowheads above my half-opened book; I never noticed this gate had a padlock and strips of silver wire for trumpet vines to climb; the birds hover now and play a game of tips between a groove in the gate; a tree limb pops through the lattice: a hand with outstretched fingers that gropes for a space beyond the yellow gate and a man hemmed in by the shadows it creates.…

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