Two Poems

H.P. Lovecraft

(After Mark Zimmermann)

Love, leave the ochre
altar of the heart.
Prophet, call teal hate
to hover over all.
Avatar of vapor:
part eel, half parrot.
Echo of the velvet hoof.

—Michael Kriesel, Aniwa, WI


Elegy for Barns

Quite a world
one half fucks
the other

sunlight climbs the wall
grandpa’s glass of muscatel

40 years farming
those cows never
took a vacation

the starter just clicks
after an hour
he gets off the tractor

But if you say something
then you’re the asshole

it finally snows
dead battery
left on the lawn

—Alvin Kriesel
Michael Kriesel, Aniwa WI