VOICES FROM THE FIRE: L.B. Sedlacek

To the Guy Snoring in the Library

How can you – yes you!

sleep

at a time like this

sleep

with all these books

sleep

magazines, CD’s, audiobooks

sleep

reference books, dictionaries

sleep

yes you! at a time like this

sleep

snoring learning against the pole

sleep

you looked like you were studying

sleep

but it put you to

sleep

and I was kinda glad that

sleep

a guy who works at the library

sleep

woke you up and also glad

sleep

that I didn’t sit near you

sleep

even though I wrote this poem

about

you

sleeping.

The Butcher’s Broom

Of that ilk

of that sort

a tartness in wine

harsh and stiff manner

won’t work with

groups of peasants

tenants in common

occupying a cottage

and some land

a happy little coterie

clubs and society

sharing the same attitudes

passion for particular topics

a tight-knit group

persistent, territorial, consistent

the rise against

landowners and

their eponymous estates

rapid

huge

inexorable

upheaval

speaking, pleading, personifying

unyielding

inflexible

a fitting etymology

for things made

things talked about

things to change.

Starved for Correction

The correction fluid

lacks nutritive value

it’s devoid of

significant value or

interest and maybe

a little juvenile

or puerile … jejune

just like you

the bottle’s empty

I poured it

out the meager

hungry paper dying

to be corrected

will have to

suffice on morsels

or curb its

appetite a rarely

satisfying proposition but

all it’ll ever

get in emotions

caring, empathy, sympathy

from someone like

you.

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