Tense Intermission


Gumming up the works

is grounds for preemption,

a length of pipe stuck between gears creates opportunity,

unexpected pauses create a bolt of doubt,

corrections are anomie clarified,

dance floors scrub away a footprint of patterned steps,

Sting operations are laid,

a fly stuck in the ointment,

conjures visions of smeared electric blue,

or a struggle under glass for the world to see.

Embedded in hair beneath the skin,

is a breath of  memory.  The venerable vulnerable.


- Paul Handley