"The Instructions for Showers" and "Invisibility School"

The Instructions For Showers

Each one — different
Like all the ways to cook eggs:
Runny, Fried, Scrambled
Signals from radios, CB's
Seeking asylum from boredom
Or, desert droughts cured by
gallons
Of water or six-packs of beer
Swilled on Labor Day at Lake Havasu
With body bags more plentiful than
boats
Drifting from motel to motel
Scanning through each room manual
Only learning enough to use the shower.

 


 

Invisibility School

The swing of the open sign —
the only clue
that someone, anyone,
is here at all,
this peg leg salad
of corn, peas, onions
and their lingering smell —
like unknown actors
performing a play
in front of empty seats.

 

 

L.B. Sedlacek

L.B. Sedlacek has had poetry published in such publications as Big Pulp, Tales of the Talisman, Clare Literary Magazine, The Broad River Review, The Broken Plate, Mastondon Dentist, RiverLit, Folded Word, and others.  LB is a former Poetry Editor for ESC! Magazine.  Her latest chapbook is Words and Bones coming out this summer from Finishing Line Press.  She enjoys reading, swimming and volunteering for her local humane society in her free time.

 

Edited for Unlikely by Jonathan Penton, Editor-in-Chief
Last revised on Monday, July 2, 2018 - 11:29