The Secret Quietness

Kethy Jane
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David Dephy


The Day Passed So Quickly

Strangely at dawn,
when you float on the edge of a night dream,
you hear a voice. It whispers in your ear,
the light lazily comes in, and the city appears,
but you are silent, frightened by the delayed seconds. 
In your thoughts, your childhood dives up, and you recall
your parents and the summertime,
when you caught locusts and didn’t know
that your father’s breath would never leave you.
Your mother was young at that time,
her kind smile makes you cry now,
as if the smell of that summer has reached you.
The secret quietness the crickets’ noise,
comes from a distance,
and the day passes so quickly,
you don’t notice the twilight.

The Mirrors

I am not going to change you.
You are the mirror of myself.
As I am yours.
I still remember that bird
flying above Pearl Street
in the Financial District in Manhattan,
as if the sky was its mother,
the bird hugging and kissing the air,
the sky so close to me,
so clear, reflecting the buildings
on its transparent body with centuries of revelations.
The sky was the mirror of earth, that day,
and I felt that smell,
the smell of expectation we both love.

David Dephy (he/him) (pronounced as “DAY-vid DE-fee”), is an American award-winning poet and novelist. The founder of Poetry Orchestra, a 2023 Pushcart Prize nominee for Brownstone Poets, an author of full-length poetry collection Eastern Star (Adelaide Books, NYC, 2020), and A Double Meaning, also a full-length poetry collection with co-author Joshua Corwin, (Adelaide Books, NYC, 2022). His poem, “A Sense of Purpose,” is going to the moon in 2024 by The Lunar Codex, NASA, Space X, and Brick Street Poetry. He is named as Literature Luminary by Bowery Poetry, Stellar Poet by Voices of Poetry, Incomparable Poet by Statorec, Brilliant Grace by Headline Poetry & Press and Extremely Unique Poetic Voice by Cultural Daily. He lives and works in New York City. Many of David Dephy’s poems have been published and anthologized by the literary magazines such as Stanford University Poetry Media Lab, University of Pittsburg Sampsonia Way Magazine, University of North Dakota Quarterly Magazine, Apricity Magazine of the University of Texas in Austin, Headline Poetry and Press, Nixes Mate Review, Pif Magazine, Oddball Magazine, The Scene, The Blue Nib Literary Magazine, Golden Foothills Press, Amethyst Review, Dalkey Archive Press, Statorec, Burningword Literary Journal, Eratio Postmodern Poetry, Trouvaille Review, Moonstone Arts Center, South Broadway Press and elsewhere.