Literary Orphans

Jaded by Danny Earl Simmons


Her eyes have that one color green you hate

calling green. Emerald is better but just too too.

No, they’re green and cynical and deep


as the way the air in a forest’s morning mist

infiltrates your imagination and turns everything


into the lush fantasy of a primal, hungry, and never-

again-alone lust. They’re so green they make you doubt

the existence of memory, the memory of isolation,


and the solitude inside a natural passion that sweats

between heartbeats before leaving marks


where no one can see, so no one can bear witness

to the way they carry on without ever looking back.

Thing is, I don’t think they started out that way.

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Danny Earl Simmons is an Oregonian and a proud graduate of Corvallis High School. He is a friend of the Linn-Benton Community College Poetry Club and currently serves on the school’s Poetry Advisory Committee. He is the author of a poetry chapbook entitled “The Allness of Everything” (Maverick Duck Press). He also assists the literary journal Off the Coast as a member of its editorial team.


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