From many considerations, their mistakes were obvious

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)