Kyle McCord Poems




The Ferry Took Me to the Mountain Pass


The ferry took me to the mountain pass that led to betrayal.  Penitent


               snow orbed last October’s crops where you were—hundreds of miles away


                               and going by the name of a forgotten Big Band star.




You called to tell me how your mother defected to another man and missed


               her return flight from Honduras, never rescheduled. And the airline left heartrending


                              messages for your father through Christmas.  There are convictions




deeper than loyalty which can tear you down to a husk, you said.  A houseplant


                harboring sunlight, a living room paralyzed into mold and dust.


                                 Your father, David.  In a room in Colorado, I lay listening




to your breathing like the car pushing snow-blind through the drifts.


                 Some people say Abraham sacrificed Isaac up on Mount Mariah,


                            but I don’t know that I believe it.








Kyle McCord is the author of three books of poetry: Galley of the Beloved in Torment (Dream Horse Press 2009), a co-written book of epistolary poems entitled Informal Invitations to a Traveler (Gold Wake Press 2011) and Sympathy from the Devil forthcoming from Gold Wake Press in 2013.  He co-edits iO: A Journal of New American Poetry and teaches in Denton, TX.





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