Paul Pfleuger, Jr.

attune 1

save mother hit left
fled message again run 
emote along thoughts post
no turning now know
picture held where lies
seem pleased earth tones
come back to run
filter closer in shade
tap dust terms whirl
over low relief endure
seen role swipe along
better half stopped place
land safe from storm
refreshed home of own
insert figure ought stand
trying turn duty echo
recorded most part alter
hollow still click her
the father art here
prayer for chore onus
fruit mouths in order
with selves to feed
check work social bridge
ennui ring vibrate run
connect instance bits hold
switch off on lasting

attune 2

grid thus warm math
to word grid form
toward to word thus
form in warm grid
merge math touch home
in out grid word 
warm to with one
home math in grid 
in out warm shape
to home thus word
merge as one math
grasp place form around 
math as breath warm  
thrust sync as one
grid warm most place 
around math fit flit
one flesh shape gist
sum song let breathe
works along bear thus
burden of others seen
union around hard place 
song to word note
join touch seen form
bear hard home breathe 
flesh breath along works 
thus link grid union

attune 3

vows aflame on shore
face of sin washed
past buoy bare sense 
half realized boat missed
in ocean come unison
drink what unpuzzles us 
urge express animal tongue
swim raw atoned voice
ooze away entwined splash
fault drowned confessed whisper
give this a name
a flare an exit 
from what awaits dwelling 
policed beds kept seeming
lot plot bound fables
swallow debt span routine
waiting to wade weight 
until ink lifted allows
our idea of silence

Originally from Buffalo, New York, Paul Pfleuger, Jr. now lives, writes and teaches English 
in Chiayi, Taiwan. His work has appeared in several anthologies and in print and online journals. 
He is the former co-editor of R'r online journal and is the author of A Zodiac, a collection 
released by Red Moon Press in 2013.
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