SENTINEL POETRY (ONLINE) #14     JANUARY 2004

DAVID E. HOWERTON

FINE DAY FOR READING MAIL AND BOOKS

cheap pocket knife being used as letter opener
once or twice a month to clean nails
sees a lot of use
when rejections come in.
finding a note written a decade ago
spewing love and concern for you
wondering who the idiot was that wrote it. Knowing.
stacks of books that need shelving
no room left and not much floor either
must find an unoccupied wall and build more shelves.
entering living room where books sit
in twisting piles mostly read
a few unread sitting in a brown paper bag
by computer another fine afternoon.

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