May 2012 Poem of the Month — RD Armstrong

The bucket is suddenly empty

for Leonard’s memory

Ghost dog dreams
Chasing / being chased…the old demons unrelenting
Last / lost hours of agitation and fear
Haunted by old dreams / nightmares
Not crazy but insane enough
Terror in an old dog’s eye
As in life – so in death
No going out gently…Old dog terrors
Ghosts returning; the growing cold
The room filling with a slow creeping fog
Moments / memories winking out
Madness takes the wheel
You veer off the main road
Heading off into the undiscovered country
No one can go with you this time
Your vision clouds over…words undone
10000 unformed words
1000 unfinished thoughts
100 unfinished dreams
You face the end unblinking
The last rattling breath

A rippling image of the moon
In a leaky old bucket
A painful cry of a distant animal
A sudden cold wind rises from the land
You turning to face creation
The image of the moon
Suddenly stilled
The bucket empty

RD Armstrong has 18 chapbooks and 9 books. He is published widely in print and online. He operates the Lummox Press, which publishes perfect bound collections of poetry.