Poetry by Joshua Hamilton
Rafts of lumber stacked
by layer, thickness, particle —
to the raftered ceiling:
box of parts, box of dreams,
scissor-lifted heavens made of metal.
Take our blue-print prayers and also lift them
from our bodies and our minds,
in their purity of sketch,
lifted to the blue and red
the rainbow-coded electrics,
and marble appointments.
Give us this space of liberating light,
divine reflection of form
guarding the ideal,
our life within life’s sanctity,
our bathroom sanctuary.
Kentucky native Joshua Hamilton teaches Spanish at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. He has published the chapbook, “Slow Wind,” with Finishing Line Press, and poems from Driftwood Press and Windward Review.
In celebration of National Poetry Month, we invited submissions of poems about objects, things in our everyday lives. For more information, visit npmsa.com.
Jim LaVilla-Havelin is the Express-News poetry editor. “West,” his fifth collection of poems, was published in 2017 by Wings Press. Send poems to Poetry, Express-News Book Editor, P.O. Box 2171, San Antonio, TX 78297-2171 (40-line limit).