Ice palace

From Kips Bay looking west. Photo by Rick Stachura. June 24, 2019.



ice palace

ice chalice

come to these lips sublime

and freeze them rub turpentine

severely chilled into

the chafed contours canvas 

comply such color should fade from eye

no lick to lap a sullen sigh

no smudge to smart a warm good bye

this face an ancient mariner’s rye

spat up several times and why

you keep on looking makes me cry



Words by Rick Stachura. “Ice palace.” November 26, 2004.

Photo by Rick Stachura. Looking west from East 25th Street and Lexington Avenue in Kips Bay. June 24, 2019.



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