The Ramingo’s Porch – “Router Error” and “Songbird” by Henry G. Stanton

Henry Stanton

Router Error

If you run
one more patch cord from
the punch down block strung
through the concentrator
to the server
I will rip out that cord
and isolate your instability
wrap the nagging symptom around your meek neck and yank up
over your own Comm rack your kicking feet

and throw your limp body into the cool green pool

where it floats with water hyacinth and dryads
on your back singing you
small white face breaking the glassy surface of the water
crimson lips
little white hands blue veins sculling
elegant fans of swimming hair
buoyant and singing
lovely young frightening woman steps dripping from the pool

the power of blooming.



There is no way to say this

you have to see it

this one for instance
is a delicately striped black and white
with a flesh colored bill
and small obsidian eyes
that are the center of yours
it sings like a delicately squeaking wheel

this one is scarlet
a brilliant bleeding heart in flight
it’s black wings move the body in bursts
chick-burrrr, chick-burrrrr

this one is black-hooded
with a body so yellow this morning
your birthing sunlight breathes in adoration

they all fly as small beings thousands of miles
from one vanishing verdant forest to the next

put this thought in your chest


these are small precious bodies flying in a great open sky
shards of rainbow and thousands of miles
born in a woven nest

to gradually waste beauty itself in flight
is depraved
there is finer sensibility
and there is not

and when there is not
there must be a holy slaughter

many-colored passion the great blue beyond
and here
our own disintegrating forgotten


Henry Stanton‘s fiction, poetry and paintings appear in 2River, The A3 Review, Alien Buddha Press, Avatar, The Baltimore City Paper, The Baltimore Sun Magazine, High Shelf Press, Kestrel, North of Oxford, Outlaw Poetry, The Paragon Press, PCC Inscape, Pindeldyboz, Rusty Truck, Salt & Syntax, SmokeLong Quarterly, Under The Bleachers, The William and Mary Review, Word Riot, The Write Launch and Yellow Mama, among other publications.  Henry Stanton is Publisher of Uncollected Press and the Founding & Managing Editor of The Raw Art Review –


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