Lately being late to leave the library has taught me a few things!
Don’t eat that Donut
With a detox straight out of the box
comes a beauty shot
like a bullet to the heart.
When you’re starved
the head pulls a text book apart.
Only cheese makes life easy.
Now that I know what love isn’t
joy lost a beat.
With food stuffed fast behind the library door
the diet book has seen this move before.
Being stuck at the beginning is not winning
but this study process is slow when it’s full of repeats.
I turn the page to suppress
When the over due is due
Between the dust of a shelf, a lost book describes
a forgotten silence taking
a slice of confidence and slips
through left food hidden
behind the library catalogue desk which opens
onto words of love that would be
alright if the lovers are found tonight
and not 200 dollars too late.
Sit tight to watch
the library fines stack
up with the over due books still missing,
out of date like the cold emotion clinging
to the air.
It is quiet now and the pattern breaks
only for vacation.
Loose footing through footless tights
along a muddy path lies
a trail of lost pride and empty barges gazing
wildly from the front knowingly, answering
nothing but untruths inside.
A young couple stands
split by erratic hitting
vending machine coffee; the strong black stays
long as they return
unheard by the still canal.
The moment of parting is over due.
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