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

The Scholars’ Dive

After Emily Dickinson


Traffic disperses a dusting of Snow

as Students just awoken

trickle in for Coffee now,

necks in red scarves bound.


The Books from their rucksacks spread

out on varnished tables,

they dive into a Pool of Words

as deep as they are able.


Copyright 2017

T. Allen Culpepper