Mare Leonard – 2 poems 

Green and Blue


At the distant edge of the universe

is the first green


Blue is the color of our dreams,

whether we remember or forget


Unclaimed wishes on the moon

lie like unripened fruit


The blue tiles in my kitchen,

 blue-jays on grey walls


Indulge in the triple greens of  summer,

guac, limes, Margarita edges


Speak to no one   sleep in the hammock’s

wide net   release into the Blue



A Sidelong Glance: After viewing Erik Van Lieshout’s work at Mass MOCA


So who are you Erik Van Lieshout

            So “prominent and provocative.”

and who do you think I am


lying in a sexy sprawl, so close

            to your scribbles, portraits of you and yours

the red, white and blue of your internal


existentialist trip to the USA,

            I’m so close to your edgy videos:

  you, your  politics. Is Bush in denial?


you ask in, Guantanamo Bay Watch, 2005.


Now I’m asking, why am I spending time

            inside your world? Order me something

Erik Van Lieshout, play your medicated angst ridden


instrument, and stamp paid, done, on my hands.

            My writing frenzy has gone on too long.

 I  want to rant in my own political rage


 or meditate next to your New Mexico sunsets.

            You demand this,  The artist creates an intimate installation

that incorporates the viewer.  That’s me, Erik Van Lieshout.


 Keep me  in your Brown Cafe to become One

             with red and yellow tulips,

One with an old woman wearing a scarf, an apron, bagging

            a kilo of potatoes.


So what if my life is a sidelong glance.


Mare Leonard has published chapbooks at 2River,Pudding HouseAntrim House Press andRedOchreLit. She lives in an old school house overlooking the Rondout Creek in Kingston, NY. Away from her own personal blackboard, she teaches writing workshops through the Institute for Writing and Thinking at Bard College.


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