7/30: In the Staff Break Room a Lone Foil Star Dances


In the Staff Break Room a Lone Foil Star Dances


There is no wind

no tremble

I sit here reeling

from life’s rapidity –

the days melt in a flurry

of job & family & email &

sex & tasks

how caught i am in this maelstrom 

as if to stay alive

This ocean

This paroxysm

of waves breaking

How we wash

over each other

is enough



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Melissa Eleftherion is a writer, a librarian, and a visual artist. She is the author of field guide to autobiography (The Operating System, 2018), & nine chapbooks, including the forthcoming trauma suture (above/ground press, 2020). Born & raised in Brooklyn, Melissa now lives in Mendocino County where she manages the Ukiah Library, teaches creative writing, & curates the LOBA Reading Series. Recent work is available at www.apoetlibrarian.wordpress.com.

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