Middle House Review
Paul Ilechko "The Thickness of Bamboo"
The Thickness of Bamboo
Bamboo sucks the warmth
from out of the air
as if a thousand years flashed past
in that instant of transition
a thousand years of ghosts in lace
who haunt the gravel paths
and overgrown thickets
beside the water ghosts still
in their Sunday best
euphoric in their piety beside the darkness
of the church the blackened
wood and faded leather binding
pages of ivory madness
lit by the glimmering
edges of red and blue
that shadowcast from stained glass
and reflect from empty eyes
as the bells begin their evening song
and the water sits silent and black
on a night with no moon.
Bio: Paul Ilechko is the author of the chapbooks “Bartok in Winter” (Flutter Press) and “Graph of Life” (Finishing Line Press). His work has appeared in a variety of journals, including Juxtaprose, Rogue Agent, Cathexis Northwest Press, Thin Air Magazine and Pithead Chapel. He lives with his partner in Lambertville, NJ.