Last Day of Work
The sun comes up blue to blend
with the sky that worships it.
The river throbs in shades of gray
I canít remember parsing.
Last day of work. Retired, Iíll sag
like last yearís bellows. My luck
will drizzle into the willing earth
and leave me pancaked. Too bad
for the failing eyesight, the ulcer
planning to erupt. Too bad
for the waiting room where people
shaped like briskets relax, coaxing
their tumors to behave. The sighs
of vacant place mats recur
without reasoning to the Nth.
If I could solve that grim equation
without leaving a remainder
I could replace myself with stainless
digital versions sure to balk
at the whips and chains of daily
intercourse, the habits of lifetimes
I forgot to lead. The last day,
and the creak of filing cabinets
will signal ghosts on horizons
no painterly perspective admits.
How can I embellish myself
with sufficient festoons to cover
those parts the least admired when
those same parts honor themselves
with half a century of paychecks?
The sun refutes its own favors
and crawls back into that hole
in the cosmos where the steady
drip of hydrogen chills me
so I crack along a dotted line.
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ROBERT WILSON | Sometimes We Never Evolve
ROBERT WILSON | Corona, No Lime
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DANIEL McTAGGART | Airs of Absinthe
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JESSICA LORRAINE ZICKEFOOSE | Promise of A Sweet Lie
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DEBBIE TOSUN KILDAY | Drowning
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COLIN HASKINS | Your Wars
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LARRY JAFFE | Elegy for Lonely Horn Players
LARRY JAFFE | We Hold Hands While We Dream
LARRY JAFFE | Chrysalis
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THEODORE WEBB | Tsunami
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NORDETTE N. ADAMS | They Told Me a President Died
AYSHA J. NASSER | An Autobiography
AYSHA J. NASSER | Perseus/I, Medusa
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William Doreski recently returned to Boston after years of teaching at Keene State College in New Hampshire. His most recent book of poetry is The Suburbs of Atlantis (2013). He has published three critical studies, including Robert Lowellís Shifting Colors. His essays, poetry, fiction, and reviews have appeared in many journals.