Richard O'Connell

Richard O'Connell is author of Shoal of Sharks, copyright 2001.

Boca Raton

In the rat’s mouth of wealth one learns to accept opulence as a perk of life dazed by the depth and breadth of it spread on the hyaline sea sparkle & sky cluttered with yachts cutting cream swaths in a diamond ...

Poetry

LEAR IN FLORIDA Lear had no grandchildren to aggrandize him, fondle him with kisses, no photos kept in a drawer, to convince him he’s alive: time slices, filial fawning, thin as thought. What denouement but ...

Poetry

ADVERTISEMENT Time is not worn, O lady with the Rolex on your wrist. It wears us from the time we’re born And when we’re gone its tickings still exist. Your show of wealth But shows how ...

Poetry

AT GROUND ZERO There are no words to mitigate or mourn As pale with dust like walkers on the moon Ghostly rescuers probe thru human ruins, Lifting their eyelids scorched dry of ...

Poetry

THE HERO AS THE LETTER Q Book hungry hero riding in the wrong direction, galloping so strong and certain with an historic crack across your brow, gawky and gaunt, time’s angular knight-errant. Clearly you wear ...

Poetry

THE MEDAL Bear, would you like to see my purple heart? Terrified, I followed Uncle Eddie up the stairs, expecting to see—God knows, what hideous thing, what awful hidden wound from the Great War. He ...

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ADULT WESTERN a mental movie When old King Colt still ruled the ribald West With iron hand: You buttoned up your vest. Put on your ten-buck hat, strapped on your gun And stepped out blinking ...

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GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT Imagine that huge ogre glaring green Burst in this Christmas, snorting on a charger, Flashing a hatchet, holding a bright sprig Of holly, thundering his cold steel challenge. Comic almost ...