Lenny DellaRocca


The Green Bottle in the Window

“Can you hear me, that when it rains and shines, it’s just a state of mind.”



When the rain comes, catch it in colored bottles, place them on the sill. Outside, a tractor takes all day to turn red. I remember a prayer like that, a talking silence of hands, the need to fill things with water, to touch the sleeping body of a parakeet, all ruffled colors, till it sings. The opening of a body makes room for it on a day that cuts screen doors with blue shadows of trees. A dog always circles his world before it pours. Put out pails, clay vessels and fruit jars. Even if there is no god, the sound of someone crying in a house with a broken skylight is holy. When the rain comes, mix it with a glass of lemonade and listen to the thunder. Torn from her bed flushed with the idea of devils, a woman stands at her window filled with old light, brushes tears from her face. Outside, the field burns with a sudden hail, the madness of falling stars.


The Secret

She walks around with a wave inside her because long ago something rippled deep in the water of speech and dreams. It has taken shape in her and she has taken its shape. She sleeps in the curl. Her hands move slowly through her life, pass through time when she stares out the window. There is only the possibility of her being there. She forgets to take her hands from her rib cage where they search for birds, where that voice of buttons clicking on an old wooden floor screams.


Lenny DellaRocca: After being away from poetry for more than ten years, Lenny DellaRocca is back writing like a demon. In the past, he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Chiron Review, and was president of a poetry foundation that brought Denise Duhamel, Yusef Komanyakka, Albert Goldbarth, Lyn Lifshin and others to South Florida for readings at the Miami Book Fair International and all major universities in South Florida. His work has appeared in more than 150 literary magazines since 1980 among them: Poet Lore, Seattle Review, Wisconsin Review, Nimrod, Laurel Review, Poetrybay, Poem, Sun Dog, Negative Capability and more recently in Truck, Bolts of Silk, Silent Things and Auroreon. He lives in Delray Beach, Florida with his wife, Marie Herrera.


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MadHat, Issue 15, Winter 2013-2014