Poets Walk: "how he got out"

Poets Walk: "how he got out"

Location on Poets Walk Map: 81


Holy Pictures by Finvola Drury


They turn up on the street

outside Bell’s or Fay’s

the little gold-edged cards

of childhood

Mother’s face and Savior’s

muddied or tire-marked

I pick them up

grudgingly

wishing the faithful

were a little more careful

I wonder how he got out

St. Anthony

into the middle of the

parking lot

at least they don’t appear

in the mailbox

or on the porch steps

on my way in

to write poetry

unlike the daily messenger

who sometimes dropped

Joel Clay Brauchi (Missing)

from Smyrna, Tennessee

at the side door

all dusty and dirty

you can imagine the weather

NEVER WRITE YOUR RETURN ADDRESS

AGAIN

on the backside


Finvola Drury, "Holy Pictures" from Burning the Snow (Rochester: Landers & Francis, 1990). Used by permission of the poet.