Friday Love Poems: With Dan Elman's Beautiful Furniture!
Dan Elman was a student in my unblocking class last summer, and I guess it worked. He's been a valued cheerleader for the Philly poetry scene ever since.
Since there's no more poetic profession than furniture restorer, I asked him to send me some photos of his work. Beautiful, right?
I was ugly
I kept from you I
showed you only what you need
to see the eyes underlined
the borders without boundaries
blown away like sand inhaled
the porous nature of the light
poked holes between my fingers
shadows raised for shade
that blushes when the light has turned
its tanning cheek revealed
and humbled, light admired dust
that settles on the air, illuminates within
a casual breath acknowledged
floating, your gaze, your sigh, your welcome face
when I asked you if you knew that light in dust
had shed its ugly skin
Dan Elman is an emerging Philadelphia poet whose work can also be found in Referential Magazine. He is active at readings in the area as well as on Twitter. He works in Fishtown recycling antique furniture.