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01 April, 2018: Tall Skeleton

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by Patrick Culliton

Tall Skeleton
I'm a good liver.
Are you a good liver?
Let's be good livers.
Let's be a supreme of livers.
A puddle of livers in the morning.
Livers in the limitless noon.
Bonnie is a liver. Michael, too.
If the sea turns to chalk, livers.
When it snows teeth
let's be supreme a truck of livers.
A bounding sailbus of livers.

A stout holiday of livers.
Let's promise the seal with moss, livers.
Cast off your spiral, liver. Erect a hula.
Duck, liver, the non's arrow

until the swan lifts its horn.

“Tall Skeleton” by Patrick Culliton, from Sam's Teeth. Subito Press, 2017. Used by permission of the author.
Patrick Culliton was born and raised in South Euclid. He is the author of the chapbook Hornet Homily from Octopus Books and the full-length collection Sam's Teeth from Subito Press. He works for the Geauga County Public Library system. Find him on Twitter and Instagram and listen to him read his work.


Write an ode to one of the body’s organs. Culliton has taken the liver, and the heart is way over-used, but how about your spleen, tonsils, intestines, stomach, pancreas or larynx?


Through the haze of darkening dusk,
the peignoir of pine shimmers softly near the edge,
the mirror of water,
we breathe riparian clouds,
disappearing into the silky, silent surfaces.

*translucently clear
4/5/2018 3:00:13 PM

Stick it out
Show the world
Taste what is offered
Share with someone

Pull it back
Take in the pleasure
Ooh, too hot!
Whoa, too cold!

Many verbs
Many pleasures
To take you in
4/2/2018 8:27:26 PM

Diane Kendig
I started with a poem about my grandmother's gall bladder, but it soon veered to my niece's pancreas. Maybe the two organs or people will meet up in revision.
4/2/2018 10:36:55 AM

Pat Garrahan
Interstitial tissue
New visions of reality that light up unseen connections within and among us.
Thanks to NYU researchers, Parkland students, Hollywood celebrities,
We can see new worlds, dream new dreams of fuller, connected lives for all!
4/2/2018 8:50:31 AM

Raine Shakti
Like a lover, it embraces all my curves
It knows all my secret places
It hugs me tight
Surrounding me with love

Like a good friend, it accompanies me
On all my journeys, good and bad
It ventures with me into darkest night
And highest building

Its surface senses cold and ice, heat and fire
It feels the pain of a tack in my shoe
And the gentleness of a friend’s embrace
4/1/2018 5:01:13 PM

Jacky Grimm
Growl & Grumbling
Rumble Rum Rumbling.
In and Out
Thin and Stout.
Patted, snuggled, soothed,
Peeped, Steaked, Soda'd, and Kissed.
Flat & Abbed,
Stroked yet sad
I love my Tum Tum Tummy
4/1/2018 2:35:53 PM

Brain Power

It’s my brain, not yours
It’s your brain, not mine
We can’t share a brain
We can share a thought

Brain teaser
Brain trust
Brain waves

Bring it, bend it
Feed it.

Halved or whole?

Holed or have?

Making the most of it.

4/1/2018 2:24:58 PM

Sharon R. Dortch
Breaking Breath

My chest rises up and down
My breaths come in and out
My lungs expand and contract
Making my head spin around.
The pain I feel is temporary.
This heaviness will soon go away
Focusing on the painting while steadily panting
The air goes in through my nose, and out through my mouth
I focus on the in and the out
Forgetting about my strife
Breathing in the breath of life
I let my lungs fill until it all seeps out
I open my eyes, and breathe out a breath of relief.
4/1/2018 1:14:03 PM

inspired to be a liver
4/1/2018 12:50:42 PM

This exercise reminds me of a poem I used to do for Speech Team in high school. It was called "Legs," but I can't remember who wrote it.
4/1/2018 12:20:40 PM

Geoffrey A. Landis
Happy first day of National Poetry month!
I posted a link on the clevelandpoetics blog:
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4/1/2018 11:45:25 AM

N. K. Hasen
Voice Within A Box

You are an excellent singer larynx.
I have a good larynx too.
Let’s make sweet songs together larynx.
Let’s us raise an octave on our larynx.
Show how we change from note to note.
We all have larynx to speak from.
Even animals have a larynx too.
The sky all day rains with speaking larynxes.

Toss a group of larynxes together in a room.
Bound them all in one to listen to their pitches.
Hear what they chat about from inside their boxes.

There are brief rest for a larynx.
Larynx breathes out words.
I listen in awe. We listen as a group.
Gathered in one giant room a larynx booms out
great many things on motivation.
Unhinge your box of voice, larynx.
Speak, sing, croak your lines out.
Ready yourself, larynx for now
you still offer sweet sounds upon my ears.
4/1/2018 9:32:45 AM

READ + WRITE: 30 Days of Poetry is a collaboration between Cuyahoga County Public Library and poet Diane Kendig. Our thanks go to Diane and the poets of Northeast Ohio who allowed us to share their poetry.