Wishing well

There are two ways

you can go about it,

the old lady says

as she passes the boy

a penny,

you can live

day to day

on a wing

and a prayer

or you can live

by goals

set in your heart.

The boy looks

at the coin

which lies in his hand

like a dinner plate

on a starfish

then peers

into the well.

Well, she says,

toss it in.

I’m not for

either, he pronounces,

like a court judge,

before taking

the penny

elsewhere.

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Sidewalk symphony

The one side rises

eyes like clarinets

chained by reaction

as the other

falls

in blushes

and muted

cymbals

clamouring

to be still

to be

noticed

yet unnoticed

while many

are simply silent

not part

of this movement

but my baton

parts

the crowd

regardless

and I wonder

where was

this music

when I was

living

without

sound

The drapes

It was our ritual

to stare at the drapes

as the early sun

shone through

while I told stories

about the patterns

we saw

illuminated

and she’d howl

with laughter

until

one day

she’d tell me

how she missed

those tales

I spun

as she cushioned

herself

in the crook

of my arm

watching the shadows

move

on the fine

stitching

and I had to

tell her,

but I wasn’t

ever looking

at anything

other than

you.

The older woman

She found me just

as I was looking to leave

in no mood for theatrics

and she got to talking

with are you single

I replied yes

and she asked why are

you single

a good looking guy

like you could chat up

any woman in here

I said what about you

and then it came out

how she was married

after all

and the gig was up

so soon

there was no

point carrying on

so I went outside

to smoke and walk

away

and she went back

to whatever

shadow of

a dream

she found herself

living

in.

Tunnel searching

It yawned out leaves and

rodent corpses

but the boys pushed me

onwards

proclaiming that

I would be one of

them

if I could get in

fifty

feet

without crying

so I bent myself

in two

and felt everything

ever taught

me

leave

my shoes submerged

and the light

and the laughter

fell far behind

until in just

darkness

I saw two glowing

eyes

reflecting nothing

and I knew

right there

I had found

a friend

at last.