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

are reassembled

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.