I went to look for poetry

I went to look for poetry
beneath the midnight moon
out where the potholes pocked the road,
and spotted a raccoon.

He’d torn a dumpster open wide
like caught and gutted prey,
and two green eyes peered back with all
the brightness of the day.

Down by the tracks that split the town,
a rusted, upturned boat
sheltered a thin and trembling man
who clutched a five-pound note.

He’d worn his boot-soles open wide,
his hair was dusty gray,
and two big eyes stared back at me
like caught and gutted prey.

And in him there was poetry:
a cadence in his sighs,
unwritten, unheard stanzas carried
underneath his eyes.

© 2019 Gareth Marks

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