Carlos T. Blackburn


You’re sitting there
in the dark of the theater,
and it begins to snow. On stage
fling themselves through the text.
It is so good up there,
that you wonder
whether you aren’t thinking it.

The snow could be your desires,
your inefficiencies, your mystifications.
The losses you’ve sustained, the matches
lit on windy nights,
the corkscrew and what it led to.

A cormorant sits in the seat beside you,
the snow collecting on its black, sleek
It’s snowing as well
in the one dark eye of the bird
that you can see.
Like a snow globe, twirling and eddying.
You’re not surprised,
but you don’t understand.

All in all, a slow, quiet burial.

Outside the theater you know
there will be murmurings
of imminent collapse, war even.

Carlos T. Blackburn

Born New York City, resides in Glasgow, Scotland with his wife and daughter, where he works as a physiotherapist. His publications, in addition to poems in various journals, include Portraits (Shearsman Books ebook) and The Selected Poems of Hamster (Ugly Duckling Presse, in print and online).