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sacred heart - jerome berglund



small bird

upper hand on raptor

for just a moment

I bore

witness



the Mountie

takes off his hat

her whole body

collapses

a black hole



stuck out

nail

bent roughly

with measured thwack

canary falling



sprawling graveyard

a ways

off interstate

squint to

make out details



all performers

who traveled

heavily

went down eventually

those days




Jerome Berglund has worked as everything from dishwasher to paralegal, night watchman to assembler of heart valves. Many haiku, haiga and haibun he’s written have been exhibited or are forthcoming online and in print, most recently in bottle rockets, Frogpond, and Modern Haiku. His first full-length collections of poetry Bathtub Poems and Funny Pages were just released by Setu and Meat For Tea press, and a mixed media chapbook showcasing his fine art photography is available now from Yavanika.

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