Peltier Road

Charles Leggett

—After Stéphane Mallarmé’s “Apparition”

All the bells are ringing or have rung.
I heard them ringing in your mother’s voice
But the clapper alone is punctual.

I thought I sensed the boyhood superhero
Who, cordial and so unaffected, helped
In dreams to banish fear under a close

Brass-hued fog he’s rolling through the years
Along these lanes, the moon-sung valley cows
Regardful, still, between their shudderings.

Charles Leggett is a professional actor based in Seattle, WA. Recent publications include Frigg Magazine, Graze, Latchkey Tales, Form Quarterly, Firewords, Southword Journal and Punchnel's. His long poem “Premature Tombeau for John Ashbery” was an e-chapbook in the Barnwood Press “Great Finds” series.

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