Dead for Decades by Steve Brightman

This morning

I read Auden

and his account of

Icarus plunging into

the apathetic sea,

while I sat in

a rocking chair

sipping coffee

cooled by milk

that was nearing

its expiration date.


Auden has been

dead for decades

and the sea remains


by us all.


Steve Brightman lives in Kent, OH, and frequently worships at PNC park, the finest cathedral in North America. His poems have been featured in Pudding House, Origami Condom, A Trunk of Delirium and he was included in the Ohio Bicentennial Anthology titled "I Have My Own Song For It: Modern Poems about Ohio."