“Divine Permission” by Albert Ruggiero

With my chin resting on a log
in a magical instant of time,
the gods have given me
the sight of a Woodland sprite
to view secrets of forest delights.


A silky silence invades my head,
as I watch otters drop down a slippery slide
on their bellies.


I invade the otters mind.
I’m on a freefalling coaster ride.
My stomach drops as I slice through the mirrored pond.


Hermes and Pan have given me permission
to see the vixens of the river.
They snap, snort, and hiss.
They speak with “Huh-huh-huh” sounds
and soft birds—like “Chirp-chirp-chirps.”


My heart jumps for joy,
watching their long, slick bodies slide
as they use the river as a toy.
Like a long, dark sausage these black shapes,
pierce the glassy surface leaving frothy,
silver bubbles in their wake.






Albert Ruggiero is a baby-boomer, so his view of the world has always been through his glasses of the 50′s, but his stories are filled with hope and a view of the future.  He is the author of two short-story collections; “The Curious Boy and Other Short Stories” and “Bestride the Narrow World,” and the novels “Wilson’s Wall” and “Daughter of God and Man.”