Richard King Perkins II – My Every Verb

You are my every verb
as I stand here speaking
while flowers of transposition
arc above,
petal to tongue
scent to taste—
the cider of almost dreams.

Dark sheep gradually awaken,
nouns of inactive salvage,
unconscious to you
the random needs
of a delicate woman arrived
wearing a checkered dress
of bold and italics.



Richard King Perkins II is a state-sponsored advocate for residents in long-term care facilities. He lives in Crystal Lake, IL, USA with his wife, Vickie and daughter, Sage. He is a three-time Pushcart, Best of the Net and Best of the Web nominee whose work has appeared in more than a thousand publications.


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