Word of Mouth

Did you hear the news? someone asks,
and someone else nods
while pressing his hands deep inside
his pockets like two mice
burrowing against the cold.
It hangs in the air

like the music in a violin string
waiting to be released.
I found out just now, couldn’t believe it.
The other man fiddles
with the lint between his fingers
and stares into the distance

while frost collects
on the empty staves of musical notation
which describe the silence
that follows a passing train.

David Chorlton looks forward to getting back into the nearby desert park as springtime progresses. That park proved interesting enough to him to base a short book of poems and paintings last year, The Inner Mountain (published by Cholla Needles in Joshua Tree, CA). The coyotes come down to the streets in his neighborhood and move with style! Read other articles by David.