One of the Dummies at Night

Gibson Fay-LeBlanc

 
He slept in the tinder box
his master made, and oak
grain governed the dreaming—
his left eye clouded over,
he closed the other and saw
mild applause in his future.
His bed sat at a crevice
edge, pure pitch below,
and a cold wind slowed
the senses, rising from who
knows where. Later his mind
became its pin, eschewed
dowels and string and leapt
into the dark. The fall
was pleasurable, apt:
there were no voices
in the breeze, no speeches
to open his mouth.
 
Copyright 2012 by Gibson Fay-LeBlanc. Used with permission of the author.

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