Lyrical Somerville – December 12

On December 12, 2012, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

 Poet Charles S. Fradin briefly visited Somerville in the in the late fall of 2012.  He spent a summer at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs as a young man.  He decided to share a poem with us.


I had seen your face, fallen from unhappiness

A daily guest who became a lodger.


In coming to crosses in time

Where thoughts and actions diverge

Your appearance showed a great consistency.


Each day I tried to shake you from my person

Like the froth of children’s’ toys broken

Overflowing a fatigued plastic container.


You would pop up and out like charred toast

Forcing the lid open

Refusing to re-enter the circus box

Constructed for my well being.


Thievery brought you to the corner crease of my bedding

Where I would lay my head

To pray that tomorrow

The stars would align for my behalf

This being both untrue and selfish.


– Charles S. Fradin


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