R.T. Castleberry – Poem – 6

An Animal or a God
R.T. Castleberry

Paint glistens yellow in the night rain,
dark Bacardi pours easy over ice.
Like the ghostly colonials of Apocalypse Now–
lost to France, dying in Vietnam,
I’m stranded in this tiger wilderness.
Half-awake, sleep leeched by dread sense,
I avoid the sun, seal doors and blinds against
mutations of neighbor noise, music’s call.
My watch hangs from the hilt of a knife 
embedded in a photo frame.
I’ve lost my image in shards of mirror.
Locating sectors that comfort and secure,
I squat between bed and wall. 
The knock at the door is 
my widowed lover with a pipe or 
a summary of sins to date.
I rise from ready crouch to respond.


R.T. Castleberry’s poetry has appeared in Roanoke Review, Santa Fe Literary Review, Pedestal Magazine and The Alembic. Internationally, it has been published in Canada, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, New Zealand and Antarctica. He’s had poetry in the anthologies: Travois-An Anthology of Texas Poetry, TimeSlice, The Weight of Addition and Anthem: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen