Fall/Winter 2013

Jack Tricarico


She gave me a piece of her mind
The size of a square of toilet paper
I crumpled it in my pocket
And laughed sideways

A door slammed in my face
And kept echoing in every direction
For as we know
The past never knows where to sit

According to backward brains
That can only shift in reverse
Abraham Lincoln was a Greek communist
Who advocated the legalization of prostitution
And insisted the earth was square. However

What if a clock genuflects
With its right hand over the other
Because I am suddenly older than time?
Should I leap off a roof?
Or slump in the lap of bliss?
A decision worth pondering
Should also acknowledge
Summer is an expressway
And I need to count zeros
Instead of reminders
Of just how messy
The air can become
As the road folds into space

Jack Tricarico is a painter, poet and Tai Chi instructor. His poetry has been published in a number of poetry journals and anthologies. He has completed 10 chapbooks and is presently working on his 11th.His artwork can be seen online at www.nyaw.com



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