SENTINEL POETRY #17
APRIL 2004

POEMS BY

ROBERTA A. McQUEEN
Five Poems

MICHAEL SMITH
Upstream

QUINA L. FELDSTEIN
In The Corner

AKINBOLA E. AKINWUNMI
Baptism

JOHN BRYAN
Five Poems

DAVID E. HOWERTON
Five Poems

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ROBERTA A. McQUEEN


NUDE DESCENDING THE STAIRCASE

After a marathon shopping spree
she barely has a thing to wear
her closet search yields little so
she'll choose the emperor's new clothes

Lady Godiva is her inspiration
yet she'll never grace the cover
of some risqué magazine
she has too much class for that

She's appearing in her birthday suit
while walking downstairs au natural
clothing is considered optional
until the doorbell rings


WELL ADJUSTED

Born only a month ago
he's in the office
for chiropractic care
looking so small
lying on top of his mom
baby breath matches hers

As soon as he feels
the first adjustment
he burst out crying
short sobs that let everyone know
it's his first visit

little spine soon aligned
experiencing wellness
hugging his toy teddy joyously
with a wide smile for all

Shh, he doesn't know
he has to come back next week

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