David Anthony Sam / Poetry 4.1 / Spring, 2016




Stone Birds
(After a poem by Ali el-Sari)

In this garden, stone birds
speak while I am muted—
words mist from the inert
to voice silence in morning.

I asked for refuge
in this unmeant world
and found myself in an alley
ending in blindness.

Echoes sing my steps
better than any voice when
language breakers rejoice
in campaigns of slogans.

My double tongue splits
in fractures of marble
that I try to resculpt from
the daily wreckage of newsprint.

This is why I stay silenced.
This is how I abide in
the silence of terrible result
as rain spatters me with truth.


ef655c55-efc8-4643-9de4-f072f649b20aDavid Anthony Sam is the grandson of Polish and Syrian immigrants. He has written poetry for over 40 years and has two collections, including Memories in Clay, Dreams of Wolves (2014). He lives in Virginia USA with his wife and life partner, Linda, and currently serves as president of Germanna Community College. www.davidanthonysam.com. He’s had poems accepted by American Tanka, Artemis Journal, The Bacon Review, The Birds We Pile Loosely, Blue Heron Review, Buddhist Poetry Review, Carbon Culture Review, Clementine Poetry Journal, The Crucible, Empty Sink Publishing, FLARE: The Flager Review, From the Depths, Heron Tree, Hound, Literature Today. On the Rusk, Piedmont Virginian Magazine, The Scapegoat Review, Spirit Wind Poetry Gallery, The Summerset Review, These Fragile Lilacs, and The Write Place at the Write Time.


Comments are closed.