Gary Glauber

Chronic Solitude

A year of imperfect seclusion,
measuring blue of shadows
in hope of understanding.

Nature’s profligate ways
trouble & confound, yet
unwieldy chase continues.

This is the year, the evolution,
change of seasons & mind,
the constant search for answers.

Books rife with expert wisdom,
cut with anecdotal memories
of misfortune & imbecility.

Shadows laugh at serious horrors,
destructive valleys within valleys,
Eden’s gale winds as afterthought.

These many astute observations
help quit addictions afflicting you,
as you aspire to become transparent.

Questioning the force, the creator,
demanding bloody sacrifice on altar,
this holy curiosity turns real when written.

You search on for the tree on fire,
grazing through intricacy of detail,
bitter at the perversity of abundance.

So you present the solitary illusion,
Gordian knots unraveled through
careful lies of suburban omission.

What matters is the emotional truth,
the water bug that eats the world,
the cat & catechism both,
like Eskimo wisdom forever retold.


Gary Glauber is a poet, fiction writer, teacher, and former music journalist.  His works have received multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominations. He champions the underdog to the melodic rhythms of obscure power pop. His two collections, Small Consolations (Aldrich Press) and Worth the Candle (Five Oaks Press), and a chapbook, Memory Marries Desire (Finishing Line Press), are available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and directly from the publishers.

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