Faulty – Beautiful Poetry From Dah Helmer


Sky is simmering gray
I watch it through the window
The clouds are muscular


I am a leaf
on winter’s branch
the one who shivers
like an owl

Sometimes I mask myself
so parts of me form
dazzling illusions  

If sky were cold ash
it would be my mood
a dark room
a blown bulb
that’s difficult to change

Sometimes I replace it
with a hundred-watt bright
Sadly that blows out as well
because often
my ruminations are screwed
into the world’s faulty socket

Poet: Dah Helmer 

Dah’s fifth poetry collection is Say This In A Whisper (Red Wolf Editions, 2017)
and his poetry has been published by editors from the US, UK, Ireland, Canada, China, Singapore, Spain, Australia, Africa, Poland, Philippines, and India. His poems have recently appeared in Straylight Magazine, Otoliths, The Cape Rock, Acumen Journal, Sandy River Review, Indian River Review, The Linnet’s Wings, and Junto Magazine. Dah lives in Berkeley, California and is working on the manuscript for his seventh poetry book. ‘Harbinger Asylum Magazine’ nominated Dah for the 2017 Pushcart Prize. He is the lead editor of ‘The Lounge’, a poetry critique group, and his sixth book is forthcoming in 2018, from Transcendent Zero Press.

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I want to create a world in which the readers will be immersed, observing the places I have crafted and converse with people that I have given birth to, through my weirdest of the imagination.

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8 Replies to “Faulty – Beautiful Poetry From Dah Helmer”
  • Ryla Rose
    October 13, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    I like this poem (I just love poems in general) ❤

    • Dah
      November 1, 2017 at 1:37 pm

      Thank you, Ryla. And I agree, I love poetry, too.

  • Pooja G
    November 1, 2017 at 9:53 am

    This one is awesome piece!

    • Dah
      November 1, 2017 at 2:38 pm

      Thank you, Pooja!

  • Kristy
    November 1, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Not too much, just enough

    Simplicity is what I appreciate when it comes to poetry. .

    Love this.

    • Dah
      November 1, 2017 at 2:40 pm

      I’m honored!

      Yes, simplicity in poetry is my favorite, too.

      Thank you, Kristy!

  • Harsh yadav
    November 8, 2017 at 5:03 am

    Hello Shanu,
    It’s really a great website. Let it be design, blogs and the choice of poetry, it’s all so awesome. Will keep coming back for sure. Very happy to connect.

    • Shanu
      March 28, 2018 at 2:26 pm

      Thank You Harsh for your Compliments. It really means a lot.


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