‘Coastal Shingle’ and Other Poetry by Len Krisak The Society May 27, 2014 Beauty, Culture, Poetry Coastal Shingle There, totem-stacked in paratactic charm, The words cascade: Hay.Shavings.Piglets.Straw. I had not sought a sign from Salt Marsh Farm, But since this was the only one I saw, I turned from what had been my course till then, Meaning, while sun was shining still that day, To give up dwelling on what might have been, And, thus converted, turn to making hay, And banking on the prudent meager savings. I set myself to planing what was rough, In hopes of selling all resultant shavings Until my thrift had rendered me enough To build a house of bricks and not of twigs— Bricks made of mud and straw, by little pigs. At the Reading Begrudging hands left listless in his lap, The man who’d come to hear The Golden Word, And bless it with his thankful thunderclap, Could not believe the leaden dross he heard. Still, seeing hands on which most others sat, He summoned up a tepid pity-pat. Len Krisak is an accomplished poet living in Massachusetts. He teaches English at Stonehill College and Northeastern University. Featured Image: Part of a series of paintings of a salt marsh in Newburyport, Massachusetts (1800s) by Martin Johnson-Heade. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.