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Fixed Income
by James R Musgrave

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I wrote this when I was at my "bottom," as we in the program call it:


A wandering man smashed in my window
and wandered on.
Maybe I’ll fix my window, and maybe I won’t.

The weather is brilliantly summer,
and lost love whispers in my ears
like jasmine corridors of an old woman’s dreams.

All that matters is today; and
the scream of birth and the gasp of death.
And in between, the honey-edged fixed income

Measured in the steps of the old couple
Who, each day, at the exact heartbeat of sunset,
Walk beneath my window, arm in arm.

I can see them make their way
to that particular Moment
between the apartment and the church.

He removes his blue work cap,
and she, another of her lively hats,
as they disappear behind the church doors . . .

I imagine them kneeling together
in a sun that streams through a painted saint,
in a multi-colored window,

and falls on their wrinkled coats.
She looks lovingly at her husband,
watching his lips move as he prays . . .

My lips move often now,
but the words are not enough.
Your memory kneels beside me,

but it is not you—
it is only a saint, and I am kneeling
in broken glass.

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Reviewed by Gwen Dickerson 4/25/2006
Such marvelous stanzas, that are so excellently expressed! They are all wonderful, but the following expecially touched me!

"All that matters is today; and
the scream of birth and the gasp of death.
And in between, the honey-edged fixed income"

"I imagine them kneeling together
in a sun that streams through a painted saint,
in a multi-colored window,"

"but it is not you—
it is only a saint, and I am kneeling
in broken glass."

This "Fixed Income" poem is a winner, and a keeper! Thank you!

Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 4/20/2006
When a dew of love fell on the tree of wisdom, the bird of grace sung, and this magnificent sample of a true poetic heart was composed... "Fixed Income" has paid its dues to the treasure of The Major Art to enrich The America Fine Letters.

I salute You, Sublime Poet!


Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Nicole Davis Vergara (Reader) 9/22/2003
What splendid moving imagery and expression in this fine gem!!!!
~Nikki~
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 9/22/2003
Love in its finest image. Great write!
Reviewed by E T Waldron 9/21/2003
The imagery is so vivid,very moving, excellent write!

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