Issue Thirty-Three - Winter 2019

In Shock

By Alan Ferland

The combined consonances
and vowels that escaped your mouth
crawl, unhurried, from across the room
into my ears. Yet, they are as difficult
to decipher as hieroglyphics.

I am not deaf; I heard you
all too well. I am not ready
to accept what is about to be fact,
which in time will be ancient history
for archeologists to uncover
from the earth with soft-bristled brushes
and placed in a museum for all to see.

Only then will the scholars
reveal how I did you wrong.

Copyright Ferland 2019