Two Poems

Poetry / Terrell Jamal Terry

Burlap, Trumpet & Night Owl No. 11

They know me by ambiguous vowels

                She guided me out of the garret

& let a squirrel loose

                Inside the coffer of fantasy

We mentioned the things we do

                Tell me about the momentum

Behind motives & the compass I made

                I am not a drink, I am not yet a meal

Near yesterday & its cousins

                In the closing light misnamed

Burlap, Trumpet & Night Owl No. 12

I leave my life open tuned/songless

                I can’t keep myself uncollected

By the sources of opinion (seized)

                If I am dissuaded by the dark

I’ll parade in an obscure fright/gray & red

                Blanketed birds obeyed in the carriage

They arrived at the yellow river

                Under a single honeystar

I scratched my impatience (they wouldn’t fly)

                Until morning bled in my wheelhouse

Terrell Jamal Terry is the author of Aroma Truce, forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press in summer 2017. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Literary Review, Washington Square Review, Green Mountains Review, West Branch, Crab Orchard Review, The Volta, cream city review, Columbia Poetry Review, Bettering American Poetry 2015, and elsewhere. He resides in East Pittsburgh.