Lodestar Quarterly

Lodestar Quarterly
Figure reaching for a star Issue 19 • Fall 2006 • Featured Writer • Poetry


Ron Drummond

When a nightmare resists taking flight at dawn,
I recast it with a supple hindsight at dawn.

Half god, half goddess; neither light nor darkness;
the sky's a coy hermaphrodite at dawn.

On the surface: a protest in pantomime.
Underneath: a drunk in a streetfight at dawn.

That couldn't have been him. It was a mindtrick,
a phantom, a faint meteorite at dawn.

Up first, my lover crosses to the window.
Another wish-I-may wish-I-might at dawn.

I lay out my daily meds the night before --
why ponder lymphocytes at dawn?

Answering yet not answering a question,
you're a moonflower vexing the sunlight at dawn.

As I shower -- ha! -- a friend's unearthed voice croons
"This must be the start..." -- a strange delight at dawn.

The handsome prince of a tale you tell at night
might prove to be a troglodyte at dawn.

After what long night, Isaiah, did you pledge:
"On those in death's shade, a great light, as at dawn."

My beloved dreams of Brad Pitt; turns toward
his Ron, his more or less Mr. Right, at dawn.

Ron Drummond

Ron Drummond's Why I Kick at Night was the winner of the 2004 Portlandia Press Competition. His poetry is represented in the Penguin textbook Literature as Meaning; the anthologies Poetry Nation, This New Breed, Poetry After 9/11, and Saints of Hysteria; and in journals such as Northwest Review, Borderlands, Columbia Review, The James White Review, Global City Review, and Poetry New York. His translations, in collaboration with Guillermo Castro, of poems by Olga Orosco have appeared in U.S. Latino Review, Terra Incognita, and Guernica. He has received writing fellowships from Ragdale Foundation, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), and Blue Mountain Center, and he was one of the founding editors of Barrow Street.

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