Too Long

Rain comes like a new lover–

fresh, wet, and nourishing–

but sometimes stays too long.

Copyright 2015

T. Allen Culpepper

Puddle Dance

Raindrop circles dance

to nature’s disco rhythm

round the clear, wet floor

formed by a streetside puddle

after a spring shower,

flashed by stoplight strobes,

layered by passing headlights;

a movie-still scene

framed by window glass,

the sound turned down, the action

viewed from a cafe table

set for tea and scones.

Copyright 2015

T. Allen Culpepper


For the Class of 2015


After the planting of the flag,

the graduates enter in an

undulating semblance of order,

like a young vine climbing

a backyard fence to reach

its point of diaspora, but

the garden-marshalls arrest

their escalation, potting

them in chairs like seedlings

in plastic nursery containers,

while the announcers apply

careful labels to them all,

but when the orchestra

strikes up what might

as well be “Rite of Spring,”

the shoots burst free of their casings

in wild blue blossoming.

Copyright 2015

T. Allen Culpepper