SUMMER NIGHT AFTER WINE
by Michael Keshigian
found himself at the symphony
the sophisticated people milled about,
names while drinking champagne
in the entrance foyer.
quite haughty yet beautiful woman
him, stepped out of her dress
sat in the seat next to his,
attire falling to her ankles.
stated that only he, presently,
her husband, not in attendance,
peeked the enhanced cleavage
by her push-up under garments.
spotlight turned from the conductor
his podium to highlight
the diamond necklace around her neck
a glare that blinded his stare
caused him to fall forward
the orchestra played the “Habanera”
awoke squeezing the ample pillows
which he slept.
hour later, he stared out the window
the rain-drenched lawn
a black bear entered
field of vision,
huge, angry bear, walking upright,
matted fur from the ensuing cloudbursts
created a stick-like figure
the beast turned sideways,
his head toward dark heaven
roared a window-shattering plea
galloped toward the house for respite,
thunderously at the door
woke him for the second time this night.
Michael Keshigian’s thirteenth poetry collection, The
Garden of Summer, was released this April, 2019 by Flutter Press (available at
flutterpress2009.blogspot.com and Amazon). He has been widely published in
numerous national and international journals and has appeared as feature writer
in over twenty publications with 6 Pushcart Prize and 2 Best of the Net