Now and Never Before

If I could go back once again then
I will live my life like a tree full

of black birds,
leaping majestically –
the white sky;

I want to stand there
among this immensity
tall and proud –
after all the forest will be only a part of

And my shadow will be thicker
than my body,

pierced by tangled roots filled
with blood and memories of

times when time was still young;

In the darkness the small engine inside me
will purr as a hummingbird’s heart

forever young
against the frosty winter and the kid’s
knives carving their names on my skin,

they too

vanish without a trace,
just to become something better.



Peycho KanevPeycho Kanev is the author of four poetry collections and two chapbooks, published in USA and Europe. He has won several European awards for his poetry and he’s nominated for the Pushcart Award and Best of the Net. His poems have appeared in many literary magazines, such as: Poetry Quarterly, Evergreen Review, Front Porch Review, Hawaii Review, Barrow Street, Sheepshead Review, Off the Coast, The Adirondack Review, Sierra Nevada Review, The Cleveland Review and many others.