William F Dougherty

Rookie - 16 Points (West Hartford, CT)

William F Dougherty Poems

1. Wallace Stevens: The Click of Marbled Orbs 9/22/2008
2. Epithalamium 2/11/2011
3. The Zipper 9/21/2008
4. A Roman Sentry's Friday Duty 2/14/2008
5. September 11 (See New Revision) 3/24/2008
6. Candle Power 8/14/2007
7. Grayscale 3/24/2008
8. A Promise to Keep (Update.) 1/21/2011
9. Owl Light 4/8/2008
10. Conch 2/9/2011
11. The Stranger 1/21/2011
12. Winterlude 4/14/2012
13. Villanelle on a Proverb 4/19/2012
14. The Glass in the Glass 6/11/2009
15. Sunday Is Visiting Day 4/25/2012
16. Black Knots 4/6/2012
17. Epochal Bells 11/6/2011
18. The Cancer Sonnets Series 11/9/2012
19. Anecdote: Art and Apples 4/7/2012
20. Fish Pond at 60 6/23/2012

The Zipper

[from the Crab Sonnets]

They sank a silver zipper in my chest:
a foot of snag-toothed staples used to chain
the cavity where cancer bloomed its yeast.
The lovely morphine drips: I don't complain.
I feel aloof; the nurses glide like ghosts,
their chat like crinkled cellophane: I sway
upon an inner stalk each time I'm dosed.

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