House and Farm at Bouffon- Paul Cezanne

Four Poems

by Doug Tanoury

A Landscape

There were raindrops
On my office window
Some beaded and
Some streaked like
An artist's brushstrokes

Framed in the window
A landscape of grays
Smudged and blurred
With crows flying under
Low storm clouds

The sun shines darkness
And objects soak up light
Under clouds that never clear
And drizzle that never stops
In skies where only crows fly

Winter Landscape

The black and white
Winter landscape
Is the setting for the
Crow's swagger and
Strut in a snowy road.

They fly into trees
Finding their perches
In highest branches.
As I approach they call
To one another.

I watch them in trees
Leafless, stark and unreal
Like x-ray images read in
The weak background light
Of a December sky.

Lone Crow

In bright sunlight on a day in early Spring
A lone crow perched on a high parapet wall
Near my office window

Looking away from my monitor I watched it
For a moment a feathered bookmark to feelings
I cannot escape

I've watched gangs of crows under winter skies
Flying from roof to roof on outstretched wings
Dark mnemonics of despair

And If I could paint like Van Gogh I would
Pepper storm clouds above the parking lot
With waves of black wings

And if I could write like Poe I would mark
The visit of a lone specter quoting in whispers
Names I cannot speak

Red Wheelbarrow

I didn't notice the sunrise orange
Boiling over the horizon from my
Office window

Or a crow flying black against the
Winter sky the tips of its wings
Foiling upward

I live in a morning without poetry
Where the modular furniture is
January gray

And metaphors lose their way in
Aisles narrow maze and images
Left forgotten

Like cold coffee in office pots
And similes yellow wilt like
Tropical plants

In the reception lobby waiting at
The elevators I have forgotten a
Red wheelbarrow

Doug Tanoury grew up in Detroit and still lives in the area with his wife and three children.

Doug has been published in Writer's Digest, Ego Flights and Alura Quarterly. Online he has been published on Spectrum Press, realpoetik, The Bridge, Sour Grapes, Recursive Angel, The Free Zone and others.

The greatest influence on Doug and his work was the 7th grade poetry anthology used in Sister Debra's English class: Reflections On A Gift Of Watermelon Pickle And Other Modern Verse, Stephen Dunning, Edward Lueders and Hugh Smith, (c)1966 by Scott Foresman & Company.

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