Steve De France


Here is perfume of crushed roses,

a framed jesus walking petaled walls,

here they walk between doilies & new testaments.


They appear like polka dot flowers in jersey,

plugging up passages in supermarkets,

counting paper clips, unfolding coupons,

cashing a single check each month.


Not like the exaggerated women of Baudelaire

thrown like a projected skeleton before a Paris sun.

But quietly some drawing breath in pain

they come back to their room,

where long into the night climbing moon

they listen to distant police sirens

& whirling helicopters

street sounds squealing tires women screaming.

They start at each real & imagined sound as

terrorists from the television news

come for their sex,

they touch bibles & check

the locks & chains again.


Will the sun ever come again?


At last the first frail flashes of sunlight,

show a preamble then the genesis of another day,

opening with sure fingers white reality

a mailbox a 97 chevy a black dog

a milkman or is it a mailman?


They rise to fish teeth in glasses.

Take tea in a hand painted tea cup,

never mind its chipped, things simply are.

As they open the window shade

to stare at the new grey day,

death does not seem so real now.


It is not unquiet in a quiet room,

it is quiet in a quiet room,

here is perfume of crushed roses,

a framed jesus walking petaled walls.




Steve De France is a widely published poet, playwright and essayist. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize in Poetry in 2002 and 2003, Steve has recently been published in The Wallace Stevens Journal, The Mid-American Poetry Review, Amherst Review, Chiron Review, Cimarron Review, Main Street Rag, and Main Channel Voices.   In England he won a Reader's Award in Orbis Magazine for his poem "Hawks." In the United States he won the Josh Samuels' Annual Poetry Competition (2003) for his poem "The Man Who Loved Mermaids." His play THE KILLER premiered at the GARAGE THEATRE in Long Beach, California in 2006. In 1999, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Chapman University for his writing.