Appalachian Orpheus Ascending by S.A. Griffin

The photo was taken by Casey Rearick, just outside of E. Liverpool, OH. (L-R) John Dorsey, S.A. Griffin, Mark Hartenbach

The photo was taken by Casey Rearick, just outside of E. Liverpool, OH. (L-R) John Dorsey, S.A. Griffin, Mark Hartenbach

Appalachian Orpheus Ascending

for Mark Hartenbach

Marko is a left-handed rock weeping his
dream of consciousness with sonic saxophones
tuned to the salt of genius

a drive-in movie making love to a Double-D feature
in the back seat of his come with me imagination
from the outer limits of no adjustment necessary

a ship of holy fools landing on the
ragged hem of grandmother’s Ouija madness
naked as the day she was unborn
into the promissory ink

a fistful of mercy trying to hold
a cup full of mother’s milk in her bikini sunset
crying over spilt grief

the time of your life
crossing the finish line
first and last
but not least

Marko is a national monument to process
the spot calling the treasure back

a human whose only cause is being

a three-day weekend in pursuit of a
jazz riff with nowhere to go
but bop

 Subtle Suggestion by Mark Hartenbach

Subtle Suggestion by Mark Hartenbach

One Reply to “Appalachian Orpheus Ascending by S.A. Griffin”

  1. I love love this poem, S.A., I haven’t read you in way too long. And what a great subject. Our talented Marko. Come back to facebook. I miss you!

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