golden gate park

posted May 10, 2011

the western morning floats
across the garden easy
as a tennis ball

by the priscilla presley roses
you tell me about your first marriage
and then your second

you did love my mother     you did

here is a garden with a
poisonous sky

here is a garden whose petals
are razors

the good years still dangle
like a leaf within reach

here is a garden where small means
beautiful or silent

or red

we will remember each rose
by its fragrance of ifs

Michael Homolka's poems have appeared recently or are forthcoming in publications such as 32 Poems, New Orleans Review, Parnassus, Ploughshares, The Threepenny Review, and Witness. He grew up in Los Angeles and works in book production in New York City.

We’ve published seven more poems by Homolka: “sometimes song,” “Hooky,” “Vertigo,” “Rubato,” “resignation,” “Fairground II,” and “Orchard Street.”