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Author: John Kay
Location: Heidelberg, Germany

John Kay lives and works in Heidelberg, Germany, as an education counselor. He has an MFA from the University of Arizona, taught writing for the University of Maryland in its European Division for many years, and worked as a mental health therapist at Providence Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. His poems have appeared in many magazines, including Kayak, the New York Quarterly, the Wormwood Review, the Clackamas Literary Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Chiron Review, Pearl, Jewish Currents, and many others. He has three chapbooks, the most recent, Further Evidence of Someone, from Eyelite Press; and he is finalizing a full-length effort, Suddenly.

Dropped into the Ether Sky

I drop blue indigo into the ether sky,
drops of India for a splash of rain clouds,

then carmine pomegranate for the sunset.
The needle of my compass punctures

a hole where blackbirds get in and a man
returning from France in a Honda enters

a stretch of bursting apple orchards. He
notices black clouds dropping into the sky.

I say, I am the veil and darkening of the sun;
but you, with your words, must illuminate

the sorrows of the human heart--the fear
of boy soldiers dropped into the ether night.

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