Poetry

August 2021

Uppity & Spacious

I awake to ocean & dunes / To uppity cerulean

By Rodney Terich Leonard

August 4, 2021

Uppity & Spacious




                                              Besides a wasp in the shutters

Otherwise unalarmed as glycerin

I awake to ocean & dunes

To uppity cerulean

San José Cabo sky.


I wish my grandmother owned Zadún, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve.

I underline the thought.

I swear I care.

Where is my pied-à-terre?

What’s a wall without a Kerry James Marshall?


Overnight broiled to randy

9am wands me expressed.

I glide into that kingdom of tub facing north.

I am ready for me this Fourth of July.

I soak & play in lavender & orange peels.


I loofah & keep it keen.

Today is dedicated to Curtis Mayfield

For penning “Eddie You Should Know Better.”

Spacious sky: I summered with a man named Obie.

He, too, sang sensibly in falsetto.






Rodney Terich Leonard is the author of Sweetgum & Lightning (Four Way Books). His second poetry collection, Another Land of My Body, is also forthcoming with Four Way Books.

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