Clay Man of Cheese and Crackers

It wasn’t a job for one man
let alone a clay man of cheese and crackers.
At night after the lights on the block went out,
all we could hear was a single newscaster
announcing the football scores,
the Rams, the Raiders, a torch light still burning
until one of us, feeling our wings in the semi-dark,
found the remote and pressed STOP.

I imagine how he lay on his back in the exercise yard
resting after a hard day’s work
dreaming who knows what, pinwheels of flame,
buried in horse manure for forty days, some shit like that,
patted down with an electro-magnet
until something stirred.

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Lenore's collections include "Tap Dancing on the Silverado Trail" (2011) from Finishing Line Press, “Sh’ma Yis’rael” (2007) from Pudding House Publications, and "Cutting Down the Last Tree on Easter Island" (West End Press, 2012). Her writing has won recognition from Poets&Writers (finalist in California Voices contest) and as a finalist for Pablo Neruda Prize, Nimrod International Journal. The Society for Technical Communication has recognized her work regarding Technical Literacy in the schools. All material is copyrighted on this site and cannot be used without the author's permission.
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