Charles Leggett


Yellow, Early September, Late Evening, Cherrywood Lane

—Manteca, CA

Three stars describe
a right angle. A huge moth
surges through a cone
of grainy lamplight. Branches hang
like ill-assorted dreadlocks. A doorbell
glows across the cul-de-sac.
Three or four dogs can’t shut up.
Two full-grown trees inches
apart, smooth rocks assembled at their base,
are a hairy stork,
beakless and contemplating
a step towards the street.
An apparent wrong turn
is unhurriedly corrected
under the auramine glare
of the blind alley’s bulbs.
A basketball baseboard’s hoop, long
without strings, yawns
with the freeway’s relentless, dry tongue.

CHARLES LEGGETT is a professional actor based in Seattle, Washington. His poetry has been published in over four dozen journals in the US, the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, and has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His long poem “Premature Tombeau for John Ashbery” was an e-chapbook in the Barnwood Press “Great Find” series.