Post Office, for Open Link Night

Post Office

If only I could live
among the specks
of these tiles,
whirling in vinyl
constellations
of chips.

If only this rug were
a good place to rest,
its textured surface
prickling my cheek.

If only this blue neon
accent lighting were
the closest thing
I had to daylight.
I could atrophy,
watch my skin
lose its color.

If only a P.O. box
offered a space
to hold my heart.
Cool, corrugated
metal; I’d keep
the key.

If only I could wear
this webbed ribbon
that marks where
to stand. I would
pull it from its posts,
wrap it around myself
like the belt of Orion.

 

For Open Link Night at dVerse Poets.

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12 thoughts on “Post Office, for Open Link Night

  1. I really enjoyed the spin you put on the post office…you managed to bring life to waiting in line there, something I would have sworn was impossible… I like the refrain of if only, if only… It’s inspired me to think of other if only’s…There’s so many links tonight… I’m so glad I found this.

  2. Dick Jones says:

    The insistent sense of yearning builds to great effect through these picaresque escape routes and towards that fine last stanza.

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