Edgemoor Gardens 1958

 Edgemoor Gardens 1958


The bloodied residue of hapless fig and lemon,

carefully infused with vodka and left

alone to dream, she says, builds character.


With her, caution breaks with time

and secrets stick to stories, scorched edges,

like tired nicotine stains between your fingers.


She says that she is going to love you

when she knows the real you,

and you curl like a tensed spring under the bed

waiting for yourself to show up.


Who did this thing?  Who filled the world

with angry voices, broken glass and vomit

winding its way into your heart?


Is the darkness in me too?


George Korolog

George Korolog is a Senior Vice President at a Fortune 500 technology company in San Jose, California.  He is engaged with the Writers Workshop at Stanford University and has only recently begun submitting his work, one of which was published last month in “The Earth Comes First.”  He has been an avid climber and mountaineer and also has a Masters Degree in Psychology.  He lives with his wife and two sons in Woodside, California.


6 thoughts on “Edgemoor Gardens 1958

  1. A very fine poem. My thanks to Symmetry Pebbles for making it available.


  2. peter says:

    nice poem, just trying to comprehend who the lady is

  3. R. Hernandez says:

    Nice vivid descriptions. Great poem.

  4. “…a Senior Vice President at a Fortune 500 technology company in San Jose, California”? At the university where I teach, it is so difficult to convince anyone outside the arts & humanities, especially students at the School of Business & Economics, how important literature is or could be for them. Is writing poetry a positive forces in your overall character as a business man?

    • george korolog says:

      I would classify myself as a poet first, then a businessman. Unfortunately for me, I found this out later in life, but then again, there are benefits to that as well. Writing and creativity have influenced my career in business in a positive way. It is imposssible for me to understand how we cannot see the benefits of multi-disciplinary studies, particularly across fields. Today, I know physicists who are poets, and poets who are neuroscientists, but perhaps that is because I have found them through writing.

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