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—







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)