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David Sam



What dark flames

become our dreams

vapors that mean us

inspirations hard

to breathe as flowers


The rain dazzles

in mud reflection

voiced by birds

who hide themselves

as green leaves


I am unreliable

as a map of wandering

the electric bright

meaning behind

the humming of daylight


Under the horizon

nothing waits

but the unseen moon

made of reflection

and gray dust



Becoming the Light


The jubilance of the chickadee

parades from the maple—

that is how the world will sing.


The unforgiving eye

of the hunting redtail

scans from the highest oak—

that is how the world will hunger.


The soft padfoot along

a slim trail walks the fox

out of the shadows into surprising sunlight—

that is how the world will move.


The rise and fall of tides

and steady roll of wave

brings starfish and seaweed ashore—

that is how the world will tell time.


The spring faith of trout lilies

rises out of last season’s death

and the humus of a hundred years—

that is how the world will worship.


The splatter of rain against

a canopy of leaves

sizzles with August heat—

that is how the world will bathe.


The red hueing that surprises morning—

the loom of black when sun

sets prematurely behind

a wall of stormvoiced clouds—

the uncertain colors of the billion stars—

the glimpse the owl sees just before

it launches into the silence of flight—


That is what the world will be

when I have become the light.



Uncrossed Frontier


I scrape cold claws

against the rain

that warps my eyes

for windows


Late sunlight

gems these beads

and I am hands

praying their emptiness


Gray with wanting

the world

I miss how new

eternity has become



David Anthony Sam has written poetry for over 40 years and has two collections, including Memories in Clay, Dreams of Wolves (2014). He lives in Virginia with his wife and life partner, Linda, and currently serves as president of Germanna Community College. In 2014-15, he had poems accepted by American Tanka, Artemis Journal, The Birds We Pile Loosely, Carbon Culture Review, The Crucible, FLARE: The Flager Review, From the Depths, Heron Tree, Hound, Literature Today. On the Rusk, Piedmont Virginian Magazine, The Scapegoat Review, The Summerset Review, and The Write Place at the Write Time.