The Sunday Poem: Zachary Kluckman... Cars Become Metronomes in the Rain

Zachary Kluckman is a poet of many moods and colors…and just the right phrase for every one of them.

Zach Kluckman's anthology of New Mexican poets, Earthships: A New Mecca Poetry Collection, was a finalist in the 2008 NM Book Awards. Past publications include the New York Quarterly, Dos Passos Review, Cutthroat and more, as well as several anthologies. Kluckman is a man in love with the art and the state that inspires him so often.



Cars Become Metronomes in the Rain
 
The streets are singing,
or maybe that’s just the rain
playing the curb’s black and white
keys. Ghetto tract symphony.
Listen, damn it,
Listen.
 
Wind strumming sheets of water
running into gutters, wet words
rushing up from the ground,
or maybe that’s just
the homeless man, praying.
 
Red flannel jacket, torn hemlines
a feathered bursting,
untucked corners hanging
over dirty leather belt,
his fingernails,
 
his fingernails.
 
A delicate thunder of water
meeting thin sheet metal
hoods, black bars humming
Gregorian chants.
Porch awnings,
 
car roofs, salt rusted hoods.
traffic an Italian tenor toning
to the metronoming
of wind battering
billboards. Bass low
 
sibilant hiss of dull yellow
rain meeting streetlight,
joining the counterpoint,
dissonance, castanets
or maybe
 
that’s just the cockroaches,
dirty legs skittering over
tin foil dance floor, the
baby is crying.
Listen.
 
Crack pipes blow bubbles
like spit on the corner
of lips. The old man
on the porch next door
has eyes
 
like a child.



--Zachary Kluckman



Poetry submissions are welcomed.  Email theditchrider@gmail.com.

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Comment by Julie Brokken on February 26, 2012 at 10:56am

I pause to listen... to hear what these poignant raindrops are saying.  I thank you again Zachary!

Comment by Margaret Randall on February 26, 2012 at 11:09am

This poem takes me home to the streets of Albuquerque. Nice, Zach. Thanks.

Comment by Dee Cohen on February 26, 2012 at 12:25pm

Zach, This really conjures up the feel of rain in ABQ- a little bit magical, a little bit dangerous too. Thanks Dee

Comment by Merimee Moffitt on February 26, 2012 at 2:38pm

wow---one of your top fives for me--lovely lovely imagery and pace, sound and silence--wet and cared for, sheltered and vulnerable--lovely

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