Tom Sleigh

(Texas / United States)

Tom Sleigh Poems

1. Space 7/14/2014
2. Day Room 7/14/2014
3. The Animals In The Zoo Don'T Seem Worried 7/14/2014
4. The Meadow 7/14/2014
5. Fable 7/14/2014
6. Aubade? 7/14/2014
7. Beirut Tank 7/14/2014
8. A Wedding At Cana, Lebanon, 2007 7/14/2014
9. Blueprint 7/14/2014
10. The Parallel Cathedral 7/14/2014
11. On The Platform 7/14/2014
12. Round 7/14/2014
13. Oracle 7/14/2014
14. A Visit 7/14/2014
15. Song That Can Only Be Sung Once 7/14/2014
16. Stranding 7/14/2014
17. The Advance 7/14/2014
18. The Last Word? 7/14/2014
19. The Wound? 7/14/2014
20. On The Yard 7/14/2014
21. Stone God And Goddess In An Ark 7/14/2014
Best Poem of Tom Sleigh


My mother and I and the dog were floating
Weightless in the kitchen. Silverware
Hovered above the table. Napkins drifted
Just below the ceiling. The dead who had been crushed
By gravity were free to move about the room,
To take their place at supper, lift a fork, knife, spoon—
A spoon, knife, fork that, outside this moment's weightlessness,
Would have been immovable as mountains.

My mother and I and the dog were orbiting
In the void that follows after happiness
Of an intimate gesture: Her hand stroking the dog's head
And the dog looking up, expectant, into ...

Read the full of Space

On The Platform

The omen I didn't know I was waiting for
pulled into the station the same instant as the train.
It was just a teenage boy busking on the platform,
cello cutting through garble, Bach's repetitions

hard-edged as a scalpel probing an open wound.
But then I kept thinking how a sound wave
travels the path of least resistance,
how the notes rebound off steel and stone

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