Epiphany 2017

The light that enters

this cold Epiphany

makes luminous

the backs of clouds

rather than streaming

in bright shafts

through stained-glass colour,

not a hot white flash,

but a chill grey glow.


Copyright 2017

T. Allen Culpepper

Cold White Flesh

With yellow-dyed ringlets

spilling from a hot-pink beanie,

the dog-collared boy

in the army-surplus jacket

dangles his skinny white legs

from a short plaid skirt

incongruous with

the frigid weather.


Copyright 2017

T. Allen Culpepper