2 Poems by Antoni Ooto

A Perfect Storm

subtracting the hours
subtracting the shore
coming on like old vengeance

high winds at high tide
and, battering rain too.

(What else?)
as the dance floor clears

Nauset beaten back into history.

The land leaving
The rollers coming
— a tango
of geographic proportions.

Sea and dunes partnered
to a vanishing point.

Why Write

the eyes stutter in excitement
conjuring arguments–

it’s what happens,
madness never rests

going deep beneath a gathering cloud

juggling channels of the mind
on the right day…

the right words
to voice to paper

once hidden
where images were safe —
now
        a poem

Antoni Ooto is a poet, flash fiction writer and abstract expressionist artist. After years of reading/studying many poets, he found his voice, and has had works published in Burning House Press, Amethyst Review, Pilcrow & Dagger, and Red Eft Review. Ooto lives and works in upstate New York with his wife, writer/storyteller Judy DeCroce.

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