A Toast: Poetry by Jeremy Cantor

Here's to the song you heard when you 
were falling in love but have forgotten 
the title and the tune and the lyrics 
so even if you fell in love to 
some other song you'll 
think this song is that song. 
Here's to the way your heart 
shunted your brain onto a side track 
and left it where you would have to go 
and find it and drive it back into town 
the next day or the next year or 
maybe not ever. 
Here's to the way the morning sun 
through the curtains on the kitchen window 
during breakfast the morning after 
suddenly made you think not of Vermeer 
but of Edward Hopper. 
Here's to the surface of the water that 
has already crossed into night trying to 
reflect the evening sky's indigo but instead 
showing you a color you have no name for 
that promises quiet if only you will 
slip beneath the surface past the point 
where you'll hear water lapping at your ears 
to where eyes closed or eyes open 
is all the same.  

“A Toast” originally appeared in the online magazine CULTURAL WEEKLY™, a project of NEXTECHO FOUNDATION™ 

Jeremy Cantor

Jeremy Cantor began writing poetry after retiring from a career in laboratory chemistry. He has made and tested engine oil additives, detergents and pharmaceuticals, driven a forklift, worked in a full-body acid-proof hazmat suit, tried to keep his fingers working in a walk-in freezer at -40°F and worked behind radiation shielding. He prefers writing. His debut collection, Wisteria From Seed, with a foreword by former Boston Globe arts critic Michael Manning, was published in 2015 by Kelsey Books. His work has been performed at the Boston Conservatory (set to music by composer Robert Gross) as well as in San Francisco and Tucson. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in ISLE (Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment, published in conjunction with Oxford University Press), Reed Magazine, Crosswinds and other journals, as well as several anthologies. Jeremy is an alumnus of the Community of Writers. He is currently working on his second volume of poetry.

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