It’s not every day you’re flipping through the local newspaper and come across a feature on yourself! I was happy to find that a poem of mine was published in this month’s issue of Los Gatos This Week. I was less happy to have my face plastered onto the page as well, but, hey.
They’ve published a poem titled “Eggs for Dumplings” from my debut poetry collection, The Weight of Snow (Black Swift Press, 2014). The full collection is available in both print and e-format from Amazon and all other major eBook retailers.
EGGS FOR DUMPLINGS
In the dark kitchen, you crack
eggs for dumplings, drunk with
the ebbing heat of summer
and berry wine. As I look on,
I can see you there in dim light
falling to pieces.
We walk into the garden,
watch throngs of honeybees
nose up to the lavender and sip.
The dog’s body now buried
in the hot earth, the sorrows
of your heart knowing the sighs
of the doves. In the trees, the jays
greet the dusk, blue as bruises.
We stand barefoot
beside the crooked oak
and throw pebbles into the twilight sky.
Heads thrown back, we watch bats
dive in their silent pursuit, unknowing.
– Excerpt from The Weight of Snow (Black Swift Press, 2014) by B. L. Bruce
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