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All Souls' Day

Atrial Fibrillation


     wild, warm, moist

     gothic evergreen
     stained glass deciduous
     red, rust, ochre
     bright burnt orange
     an ancient ruined cathedral
     under a Yorkshire sky

     big-bellied graphite billows
     fast forwarding
     unfolding patches of nitrogen blue
     mitred shafts of sun

In my chest a tempest

I'm immobilized
     in this tumult of beauty
     portent of
     the cold, the hard, the dark, dark days to

-- Madalon Amenta


Madalon Amenta is a retired nurse who has lived in Squirrel Hill for 45 years. Many writers featured in Chapter & Verse are guests of Prosody, produced by Jan Beatty and Ellen Wadey. Prosody airs every Tuesday night at 7 on independent radio, WYEP 91.3 FM.

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