All posts by Dale Wisely

Ian Willey

Time to Cool Down

I realized how much this situation has changed me
while watching some dumb movie and there was this
scene where a woman moves towards a man slowly
as the music lets you know that this is the moment
when they come together and become a something
and their lips are almost touching and I’m thinking
my god, how can they be doing this when neither of
them has gargled or taken a swab test and don’t
they realize this isn’t something people just do
anymore without precautionary measures
or better yet a twenty-year marriage?


To get back home Ian Willey has to take a flight from Tokyo to Chicago and then transfer to Greensboro, NC, when the planes are flying.


 

Ian Willey

Strange Comfort

When my car died after a long
and debilitating illness everyone
said the same stuff about moving on
and you should be thankful for this,
that, and the other thing, except for
my neighbor, the one who’s always
driving over our lawn when backing
out, who put down his hoe and said
“so, what are you going to do about
all the oil spots on your driveway?”
and God do I love the jerk for that.


To get back home Ian Willey has to take a flight from Tokyo to Chicago and then transfer to Greensboro, NC, when the planes are flying.


 

Steve Klepetar

Night Sounds

I hear someone singing
a little way off,
the tune bouncing
off rooftops and walls,

and frogs, every voice,
every note clinging
in a rich stew of sound.


Steve Klepetar has read 7 dystopian novels in the past two weeks.


 

Hilary Sideris

I Miss

the kind, stooped
beggar at Borough
Hall who sang Oh
please be careful
going up and down
the stairs and said
he loved my smile
whether I put
a dollar in his
White Castle
cup or not.


Many years ago, as a child with 20/20 vision in Indiana, Hilary Sideris shot her neighbor with a BB gun.


 

Joan Dobbie

Canine Distancing

Whenever we meet on the street
you cross to one side
and I cross to the other,
both of us nervously smiling
through our stylish
flower masks,
or waving, a little shyly,
with our purple nurse’s gloves
while
from the ends
of their short nylon leashes
our spiky little terriers snarl
and growl at each other, knowing
something’s up.

 


Joan Dobbie co-hosts (on ZOOM) the River Road Reading Series and loves when you purchase her The Language of Stone (2019) or her earlier Woodstock Baby, A Novel in Poetry (2013), both available on Amazon.