Monday, December 12, 2011

Tribute to a Magical Poet: Richard Fammeree

Our dear friend and founder of UniVerse of Poetry, Richard Fammerée, passed away in the early morning of May 5, 2011, after a valiant battle with the devastating illness, ALS. We are so glad that he is free from suffering. We will miss him deeply and always.

Richard Fammeree

I could not sleep while you slept. 
Any little animal might have sheltered 
in your body; and I kept 
leaves from your eyes and things from your hair 
until your lips revived, bending 
back my fingers to the lessons
of water and thirst. Fires that night 
digested the wet, and when their long viridian 
became your arms and a delirium 
became our legs, threads 
relinquished us, and we were not puppeted 
by earth, and we were not puppeted 
by heaven. We became 
larger than form and texture and scent--
something like clouds--and fear was driven 
from the manger of our bellies, and anger's thin 
lips could not diminish us. We ate everything 
that was red, 
and everything red 
was delicious. My sap was greening 
your milky body, then your legs slapped. 
They slapped into fins and you arced 
and my chin and 
ear separated, and silver and more silver and silver 
again, I quivered behind you.

Ephemerae [#1]
© 2000 Fammerée
“Ephemerae” appears in Lessons of Water & Thirst
a book of poems by Richard Fammerée.
Photograph by Susan Aurinko,

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