Chrysler Aspen – a poem by Cameron Morse

Chrysler Aspen

Aspen leaves clap above Golfview,
light hand turning over dark hand, dark
over light, so swiftly a sort
of flicker ensues among the heart-shaped
and trembling leaves

whose heartfelt applause is hushed
with each passing pickup truck,
each black sedan, along Golfview Drive
where work is always being done.

Theo and I bark at the dog in the window
screen that is barking at us.
Cobwebbed yews blister with the red
berries I’m careful not to let Theo move to his mouth.

A Chrysler Aspen stirs an eddy of tiny leaves.


Cameron Morse lives with his wife Lili and son Theodore in Blue Springs, Missouri. His first collection, Fall Risk, won Glass Lyre Press’s 2018 Best Book Award. His latest is Terminal Destination (Spartan Press, 2019).


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