Two Poems 
Maxine Chernoff
 

[without shadow]

death stutters

in the voice

of a judge

ostrich-headed

predilections

blatant and grave

the body asks

for frost

the mind frontal

watching the avalanche

on bone’s white page

opaque wide space

filled with zeroes

and feathers

limit abetting

abstraction

gone with only

one breath

 

[without motive]

meaning

unconscious

under

the book

of saints

base metal

urgency lifted

gray words

save nothing

at rumor’s door

detection

masked as a gift