A Shiver to Rabbits: Two Poems by Richard King Perkins II

By Richard King Perkins II

Richard King Perkins II is a state-sponsored advocate for residents in long-term care facilities. He lives in Crystal Lake, Illinois, with his wife, Vickie, and daughter, Sage. He is a three-time Pushcart nominee and a Best of the Net nominee. Writing for six years, his work has appeared in more than a thousand publications including The Louisiana Review, Bluestem, Emrys Journal, Sierra Nevada Review, Roanoke Review, The Red Cedar Review and Crannog. He has poems forthcoming in The William and Mary Review, Sugar House Review, Plainsongs, Free State Review and Milkfist. He was a recent finalist in The Blue Bonnet Review Spring Poetry, The Rash Awards, Sharkpack Alchemy, Writer’s Digest and Bacopa Literary Review poetry contests.

Roots of Heaven

Photo by David Nilsen, 2013.

The sky darkens
with itself

the roots of heaven

feed crocuses
and daffodils

clouds smear the moon
to black

pulling up
stone pathways

bringing a shiver
to rabbits

shielded beneath
a skirt of ailanthus.


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.

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