A WICKED WORLD IN ALL MERIDIANS

   
   
I will shelter mee here
from the bleak air,
from rain and all else,
a shield to hush my dead—
here surrounded by loves
and time.
I will shelter mee here
away from the rush,
the surge that packs the sand,
that sends waves to stars.
Here my world breaks
from pattern, the
mold thrown into silent
corners full provided
where stories emerge
that will spin into memory
beyond my own.
I will shelter mee here
away from trew or fals report
married to the imagined
distances that keep us safe
and draw forth new ways
of saying who we are
apart from each other.
I will shelter mee here
in hope that one day soon
the shields will drop and
we can come out again.

WILLIAM ALLEGREZZA edits the press Moria Poetry and teaches at Indiana University Northwest. He has previously published many poetry books, such as Stone & Type, Cedar, Step Below: Selected Poems 2000-2015, Ladders in July, Fragile Replacements, Aquinas and the Mississippi (with Garin Cycholl), and Densities, Apparitions; three anthologies, including The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century and La Alteración del Silencio: Poesía Norteamericana Reciente; seven chapbooks, including Sonoluminescence and Filament Sense; and many poetry reviews, translations, articles, and poems. He founded and curated series A, a reading series in Chicago, from 2006-2010.

Other works
Again, In Place
Assented to Shelter

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