Selections from "Symphony No. 12"

(formation of the labyrinth)



“We are without light”

aimless    faces


on the page

as in some isolationist’s vision

of no one

 imbued with identity

donning the unconscious

mask of primordial awareness

here no path is discernible

among the January waste

no sonority of presence

in the absent cloud cover

mottling the sky

with invisible eyes

“we have followed

the nameless”

fog encroaching

covering the siege

where the wreckage ensued

cutting a striated incision

which bled

    and formed

        this terrestrial scar

 “and it was as if

we lived

through it again”

a life rooted in obscurity and debris

where death remained

an airy profundity

a philosophic progeny

a formulaic abstraction

of time     ebbing

through voids

in autumnal faces

sated with age

and fated to pass

into another’s

skewed view

of perception

and reality

“ we are without




Ric Carfagna

Ric Carfagna was born and educated in Boston Massachusetts. He is the author of numerous collections of poetry, most recently Symphonies Nos. 5 & 9 published by White Sky Books. His poetry has evolved from the early radical experiments of his first two books, Confluential Trajectories and Porchcat Nadir, to the unsettling existential mosaics of his multi-book project Notes On NonExistence.

Ric lives in rural central Massachusetts with his wife, cellist Mary Carfagna and daughters, Emilia and Aria.


Edited for Unlikely by Jonathan Penton, Editor-in-Chief
Last revised on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 21:45