Glass Poetry Press

Volume Two Issue Three

Derek Pollard

Once Ago

On the back porch, a rocking chair Upholstery matted red and green A Styrofoam cooler full of rainwater On the 5th of July, fireworks Flowers along the windowsills Of the tenement building Down the street In April, the first cheer From the upper decks Sundays lingering In Angelo's Coney Island The light through the windows Dull from fifty years of smoke Coffee steaming from mugs Our grandfathers drank from In between shifts at AC/Delco Buick, Fischer Body What remains of that and of all Before on this blowsy, uncomfortable Spring afternoon A single black comb Resting on the edge of the bathroom Sink, balanced against the mottled Porcelain and the clanging noise