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—



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)