Jul 19

POETRY

Simon Jaques Rochard, “Lady Smith and Her Children.” Public domain courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum…

The day Natalie left for Charleston,
Max sketched the scene on the sidewalk in chalk.
He frowns as he waves goodbye,
his arms arching over his head like weeping willow branches.
The car is drawn small,
as if it is far away.
That night I was afraid of the dark,
and I jumped at minute noises…

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Jul 12

POETRY

Photo by Al d’Vilas via Pexels

for Tracy Pellett, 24th President of Glenville State College

I’ve been having the wasp dream again.
First one, then several
reddish-brown pests
hover around my torso, land on my shirt.

No problem.
If I just stand still,
They’ll leave me alone,
lose interest,
float away.

More come.
Panic sets in.
I remain…

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Matthew Thiele

Matthew Thiele

Teacher. Satirist. Scholar. Published in Slackjaw, Points in Case, McSweeney’s, Ben Jonson Journal, and elsewhere. Definitely not a robot. Or an alien.