Richard King Perkins II Debuts

Twenty Thousand Skies

Twenty thousand skies
could have gone unnoticed

but from the warm shallows
an unintentional awakening—

air thickens with goodness
the land aches with philanthropy

a vivarium arises from lifelessness

handing itself over again and again
downward though time

unto my callous fingertips
and I would have never noticed

the intention of every previous sky
but for the happenstance of you.


Skinned Savanna

If I were younger,
than there would be a younger man
coming to find you
across the skinned savanna
and when he found you
he would stake his spear
in the ground outside your hut
and importune you with great magics
and togetherly you would
build tiny canopies of imago
across plains of dust and straw;
if I were only a younger man—
but before me now, yellowing,
is the fresh core of an apple
I don’t remember eating.


Richard King Perkins II is a state-sponsored advocate for residents in long-term care facilities. He lives in Crystal Lake, IL, USA with his wife, Vickie and daughter, Sage. He is a three-time Pushcart nominee and a Best of the Net nominee whose work has appeared in more than a thousand publications.


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