Sunday, April 1, 2018

Charles Bane Jr.'s The Chapbook — The Two

photo © Mark Butkus 2017
A poem for Easter. A poem for Passover.

I think when God walked shy to Moses,
stars clustered in his hands,
he led our rabbi down
to the orchards of the heart.

The two walked near the other
and traded dreams like brothers before sleep.
They paused afield and watched the sun,
lifted by themselves in unison, race overhead.

And Moses knew not to disappoint this man
with faltering steps or speech.
God wept uncomprehending of His artistry
and Moses scratched some lines
in stone to honor a beloved friend.

— Charles Bane, Jr.

On the second morning of Passover, on Easter morning we found this poem — The Two — to be more than appropriate on many different levels and at least two. The Two continues our serialization of Charles' 2011 volume of poetry, The Chapbook (Curbside Splendor). Part of a years-long journey, where we share and explore Charles' passion — his poetry — with you, our readers.

Charles is also the author of Love Poems (Kelsay Books, 2014). His work has been described in the Huffington Post as "not only standing on the shoulders of giants, but shrinking them." He created the Meaning of Poetry series for The Gutenberg Project and is a current nominee as Poet Laureate of Florida. A career encompassing collection of poetry, The Ends Of The Earth was published in 2015.

We thank Charles for his continuing contributions and wish him well in the publishing of a collection of short fiction entitled, For Whom The Bell Tolls: The Sequel And Other Stories.

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