Thursday, April 2, 2015

Ron Riekki- Three Poems

Cathedrals, France

There is a moment
when you walk
into the cathedrals
of northern France
that you realize
some buildings pray
with every brick,
that the walls
have all within them,
that the echoes
of your footsteps
are exhalations
of God’s breath.

To the Girl Who Left Me for Jesus

I hope
you find

it is
you climb.

Walking with Amélie by the River, Lille

You say the clouds
are the color of angels

today, that the obvious
storm minutes away

is meant to clean
all the spit on the side-

walks, that there is
nothing more beautiful

than the sound of rain
when it complains.

Bio: Ron Riekki's books include U.P.: a novel, The Way North (Wayne State University Press, chosen by the Library of Michigan as a 2014 Michigan Notable Book), and Here: Women Writing on Michigan's Upper Peninsula (Michigan State University Press, May 2015,

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