Six Shorts

by Jeffrey Burghauser (October 2021)

Klezmer on Royal Rooster, Yossi Stern, mid-20th C
 
 

On Lorin Sklamberg
Klezmer Vocalist

His voice, the shape of an Acacia tree
Delineated in an oud’s rosette,
Maintains us with the steadiness that we
Expect of Dad & God, but never get.


I Rage

My angers grow as specific
As the bodies of the young,
Even as my own body grows
Indistinct as platitude.


Because They Can

A human life’s an order of events.
Most are terrifying because
They cannot be anticipated;
The rest, because they can.


Here Goes Nothing

If you believe in Salvation, alas,
There’s always something left to lose.


Homesick

I’d rather be hated for reasons I know
Than loved for reasons I don’t.


The Graces

Substantial with blood, she will not be ignored.
Addiction transforms a young girl into some
Peremptory High Roman patriarch. Lord,
Accord me the graces that nullified Rome.

 

 

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Jeffrey Burghauser is a teacher in Columbus, OH. He was educated at SUNY-Buffalo and the University of Leeds. He currently studies the five-string banjo with a focus on pre-WWII picking styles. A former artist-in-residence at the Arad Arts Project (Israel), his poems have appeared (or are forthcoming) in Appalachian Journal, Fearsome Critters, Iceview, Lehrhaus, and New English Review. Jeffrey's book-length collections are available on Amazon, and his website is www.jeffreyburghauser.com.

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3 Oct 2021
Send an emailCarl Nelson
Good shorts, Jeff. Plus I like the illustration of a klezmer band atop a rooster. :)


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