Richard King Perkins II
Blot the Chemical
In circumstances transformed and displaced,
it will be necessary
to retain diaphanous impressions—
when the separateness decreases
between my view and yours
uneasily drawing us together,
simple but profound movements;
here, light finds our outermost faces,
sweeps across our eyes
and clouds reveal complex equations
which makes them all the more disturbing.
Lines of code are the fine wrinkles
at the corners of your mouth
and if we believe the ciphers and shine,
the greatest barriers will eventually fall away.
In the visceral quest for cosmic justice
we live in palaces at midnight
waltzing with the ghosts of indecent ghosts
cimmerian and rolling beings
composed of medication and metal husks.
The bones of infinitesimal creatures
into something we believe in;
this material must have lived at some point,
identifiable in a distant future
when images of perversion no longer
blot the chemical of every possible memory.
Richard King Perkins II is a state-sponsored advocate for residents in long-term care facilities. He lives in Crystal Lake, IL, USA with his wife, Vickie and daughter, Sage. He is a three-time Pushcart, Best of the Net and Best of the Web nominee whose work has appeared in more than a thousand publications including The Louisiana Review, Plainsongs, Texas Review, Hawai’i Review, Roanoke Review, The Red Cedar Review and The William and Mary Review. His poem Grease Poet was a recent prize winner of the Woodrow Hall award for enduring excellence in poetry.
Deep Water Literary Journal
2017 - Issue 1 - February