Three Poems


Stefania Heim

MOVING PICTURES
 
Among the can't, smitten with talent,
he is finally found by loneliness. Dirt-poor,
the most enigmatic film. A factory
 
plagued: his hardscrabble Alice.
Naïve man, affluent apprentice of arrival,
his fantasy of disparate threads, obliterated
 
by survival. A new, witty, popular,
and dangerous call: in bordello
he realizes an "equilibrium."
 
Forgot himself
but for the transformation.
That captivating demon.
 
If not for that talent, he draws supremely,
a hardscrabble portrait, women
physical around.
 
 
 
 
BAFFLING CASE
 
Murdered honeymoon, a burglary gone bad.
Cora: embroiled, unraveled, dead. Was an inside
 
woman on her way to blue awry: famished,
but forgivable. Soon famed gumshoe
 
checks arrivals in the diminutive town. A host
under suspicion, open-and-shut. Unspin
 
another everything, there’ll be poison
for your crimes. Years later, we are armed.
 
 
 
 
COMMERCE IN DREAMS
IS BUSINESS AS USUAL

 
The fire was started by lightning last Friday.
I’d give anything for something great
 
to live up to. There are several paths
to actual and only some require rosy
 
thinking. Tonight, of course, a man-made
constellation. Each game missing
 
a single piece; what will we make with them?
A fantastic hope, generally regarded
 
as impossible? I don’t want to tell you
how I’m feeling. Sublimate aggressions:
 
the hardboiled school. We are living briefly
in the ordered world. We match wits with it.