Diane Sahms-Guarnieri

DianeSahms-Guarnieri is cur­rently Poetry Edi­tor of The Fox Chase Review, and co-curates The Fox Chase Read­ing Series. Her first full length col­lec­tion of poetry, Images of Being, (StoneGarden.net pub­lish­ing) was released Octo­ber 2011. You can visit her at http://www.dianesahms-guarnieri.com/





Unno­ticed as flow­ers dying
or slugs crawling 

they pass as divers into liq­uid night
mys­te­ri­ous as the sick yel­low glow 

of hazy street­lights, using a per­fect
stream of blue laser light to shine into 

a line of curb­side recy­cling bins.
They mine aluminum. 

It’s faint rat­tle wakes me
like rac­coons stir­ring inside dumpsters.

From the dis­tance of my bed­room win­dow
they are of small statue; dressed in darkness

a mis­matched pair: jack of spades: queen of clubs
plac­ing each can into bundles

of plas­tic han­dled bags to muf­fle the sound
fill­ing their stolen shop­ping carts

rolling out of sight.