Tom Sleigh

(Texas / United States)

Tom Sleigh Poems

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

The Animals In The Zoo Don'T Seem Worried

Looking at the lion behind the plate glass
I wasn't sure what I was looking at: a lion, OK,
but he seemed to come apart, not literally

I mean, but I couldn't see him whole:
Mane. Teeth. The slung belly pumping
as he panted and began to roar. His balls

sheathed in fur swaying a little. His tail's tuft
jerking in an arc like an old-time pump handle
rusted in midair. Somebody or something

I read once said that when Jesus had his vision
of what his father, God, would do to him,
that Jesus could only see pieces of a cross,

pieces of a body ...

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Blueprint

I had a blueprint
of history
in my head —

it was a history of the martyrs
of love, the fools
of tyrants, the tyrants
themselves weeping
at the fate of their own soldiers —

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