The Sunday Poem: Zachary Kluckman... Reflecting Over Coffee

Those moments are gone. Her lips have left the cup...but the imagined kiss remains. Delicious. Every imagined minute of it.

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.

Reflecting Over Coffee

“…ghosts cannot slip back
Inside the body’s drum…” ~ Yusef Komunyakaa

Fingers cannot return their touch
Either, yet
We hold onto the memories of them
Hesitant to wash our cups
For fear of losing something elemental
As if such a thing could happen
Your kiss be lost to soap and scouring pad
Your heart stop beating when the clock
On the microwave dies
As if these earthly items we pass around
Each night on our way
To the bathroom, somehow
Held the power to deliver
A crucial death scene in the kitchen
An actor’s dream, a monologue
Prepared post-humously by the poorly attired
Specters we vaguely remember from silver screens
A wish that the right words
Just once
Would find our lips in service
To our thoughts

--Zachary Kluckman

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Comment by Adelita on December 5, 2010 at 7:57am
Comment by Margaret Randall on December 5, 2010 at 7:59am
Zachary, thanks for this wonderful poem. I was reminded of a piece of art I once saw in a museum in Hartford, Connecticut. Two identical clocks were side by side on a wall, one ticking slightly faster than the other. The viewer knew the faster clock would stop, leaving its partner behind. It was made by an artist whose partner was dying of AIDS. "Hesitant to wash our cups..." Powerful stuff.
Comment by AriesSweet on December 5, 2010 at 10:29am
Amazing! Kicking back with a cup of coffee in hand brings one to their own inner peace. Thoughts you have at that time are sometimes the ones you never want to let go. Great poem!
Comment by Dee Cohen on December 5, 2010 at 12:49pm
Moving poem, Zach.
Interesting thoughts on the power and danger of memory.
Thanks for sharing this, Dee
Comment by Gabriella Duncan on December 5, 2010 at 6:47pm
Zach...such beautiful imagery!! I saw you perform at the Kosmos on First Friday a couple of nights ago.....beautiful!!
Comment by Briana Rose Lucero on December 8, 2010 at 12:46am
Damn love this! Always with the visual you capture and pull the mind Zachary!! Happy to be catching this tonight!!! Excellent!


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