Image by Hannah Troupe


the madrigal, volume iii

Rooftop Observation on a Day of Good Fortune

by eric lochridge

first warm, dry day of spring
                 lichen, tree cones, rickety stepladder

                 up on the roof with a leafblower

tossing storms of fir needles off the gables

scraping moss loose with the toe of a boot

                 extension cord either a tether or a tripwire

                 the black cat on the ground
blinks her emerald eyes like broken mirrors

Eric Lochridge’s debut full-length poetry collection is forthcoming from FutureCycle Press in 2022. He is author of three chapbooks: Born-Again Death Wish, Real Boy Blues, and Father’s Curse. His poems appear in DIAGRAM, Okay Donkey, Kissing Dynamite, Slipstream, and others. He lives in Bellingham, Washington. Find him on Twitter @ericedits.