Four Poems By Michael Schiavo

SWEET ADDITION

      whoever
      will

            &
            will

      more
      thee

sweet
addition

      thou
      spacious

            not
            hide

      shall
      others

my
fair

      water
      rain

            &
            abundance

      being
      add

one
more

      no
      no

            all
            one




CIVIL LOVE

      more
      thou

            roses
            &

      &
      sun

&
bud

      all
      faults

            authorizing
            compare

      myself
      amiss

more
than

      to
      fault

            is
            advocate

      &
      plea

civil
love

      that
      needs

            sweet
            me




BECAUSE SONG

      love
      tho

            love
            show

      love
      whose

owner’s
every

      new
      but

            I
            greet

      in
      sing

&
riper

      summer
      now

            when
            hymns

      but
      wild

common
dear

      like
      I

            because
            song




& BRIGHTNESS

      from
      power

            with
            heart

      make
      sight

&
brightness

      thou
      things

            very
            thy

      there
      skill

worst
best

      who
      make

            more
            hear

      love
      others

others
abhor

      thy
      love

            worthy
            be





Michael Schiavo is the author of The Mad Song and the chapbooks Beautiful School, 275 Ocean Avenue, Ranges I, and Ranges II. He lives in Vermont.

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