By Roger Singer


He wore a loud tie.  Checkered
shirt and black high top sneakers.
Thoughts tumbled from him like leaves;
fast tracks combined with solid sounds.

He mumbles a prayer, though not looking
heavenward.  At midnight he howls at the moon,
caring nothing for those nearby.  Town dogs return
his call to arms, signaling paths of safe
passage past alleys and unfamiliar corners.

Rivers not far away crested the banks.
Dark waters surged with excitement, drawing
crowds like carnival days.  A few moments of
interest and then he moves on to something else.



A blue sky yielded to layers of
Ivory clouds.  Flat and useless the
Heavy air absorbed sounds; the pleasure
Of the afternoon was washed away.
Newspapers lost their crispness.  Words
fainted between people due to
dullness in the air.  Birds halted flights,
retreating to thin curtains of shade.
There is a memory of times like this.
The experience fails to prepare us for the
next day or night when weather fails to charm.     


He leans back
against a brick wall
on a three legged chair
playing the harmonica.
Angels pause at the sound.
Traffic passes unnoticed.
The sound is gold in his mind.
He thinks of words despite
There is an overpass of thin
weaving clouds.
The sun warms his hands.
Pigeons rustle their wings
with feathered cymbals
blessing his sound
His eyes are closed. He
dreams of visions, familiar
and sad.
It’s how he escapes without
leaving.    About the Author: Dr. Roger G. Singer has been in private practice for 38 years in upstate New York.  He has four children, Abigail, Caleb, Andrew and Philip and five grandchildren.  Dr. Singer has served on multiple committees for the American Chiropractic Association, lecturing at colleges in the United States, Canada and Australia, and has authored over fifty articles for his profession and served as  a medical technician during the Vietnam era.Dr. Singer has had over 890 poems published on the internet, magazines and in books and is a Pushcart Award Nominee.  Some of the magazines that have accepted his poems for publication are:  Westward Quarterly, Jerry Jazz, SP Quill, Avocet, Underground Voices, Outlaw Poetry, Literary Fever, Dance of my Hands, Language & Culture, The Stray Branch, Tipton Poetry Journal and Indigo Rising.