Issue No. 19, Winter 2016

November
Dah Helmer

Today’s damp light
sheer metallic gray
quiet as glass

Across the street, children
running in reds and yellows
are wind-blown leaves

How elementary autumn is
with trees like old sculptures
with sparrows on leafless branches

With autumn something is always rusted
always dead, and the ordinary
chatter of crows seems louder

A brown moth pounding the window
for warmth
splays its fine powder

Last night’s faint rain was scraping earth’s
dry plate
hungry for dust covered leaves

a few drops here
a few there
nothing really


Dah Helmer’s fourth poetry collection is The Translator from Transcendent Zero Press. His first three books are from Stillpoint Books. Dah’s poetry has been published by editors from the U.S., the U.K., Ireland, Canada, China, the Philippines, Spain, Australia,and India. His poems recently appeared in Straylight Magazine, River & South Review, The Cape Rock, Acumen Journal, Sandy River Review, Indian River Review, and The Linnet’s Wings. Dah lives in Berkeley, California where he is working on the manuscripts for his fifth and sixth poetry books. Harbinger Asylum Magazine has nominated Dah’s poem “Some god” for the Pushcart Prize.