The white coat says

let’s begin with A,

 

but will we get to Z?

 

Expect shelving.

 

There comes another

alphabet man.

 

A gathering of letters

the mark of

novel study

new blood and

fresh vocabulary—

 

Subject,

unvarying.

 

*

 

Another white coat and

heart amplifier descends

florescent above

feet dangling

don’t meet the cold—

separation of the sheet

beneath a tremulous figure

listening for a call

 

to the castle

to bypass the moat

 

may I step

into the stone

where hazard is at bay.

 

The deciphering of safety.

 

The deciphering of foe.

 

(from OR: A Literary Tabloid, Issue Nine, 2012)