John L. Stanizzi


3.38 p.m.
84 degrees

Painting the banks brown, the pond has been strangled,
obloquy of nature, stripping away water like memories lost,
neighbors concerned as the arid afternoon rises, and young frogs
drowse on the dirt banks that two days ago were underwater.

John L. Stanizzi is author of the collections  Ecstasy Among Ghosts, Sleepwalking, Dance Against the Wall, After the Bell, Hallelujah Time!, High Tide – Ebb Tide, Four Bits, Chants, and Sundowning, and besides One Sentence Poems, he has been widely published.