Paper Lightning

Paper Lightning

by L.B. Sedlacek


We keep the tomatoes and apples in balance

to fend off the shivers, to

defend the acknowledgements delivered in pizza

pies, cheesecake. The egg salad is runny and brown

and the pipes are flooded with scenarios imagined

that never materialize – not even close. Being

friendly with the past is somewhat impossible. The

sunset falls on the hill like it always has, like it always

does and the dogs take their usual spot under the

dying trunk of the mulberry tree. The neighbors

cut it down, they said, because of the roots. But

the tree had grown large — blocking the view.

The weather forecast calls for rain and the

possibility of scattered thunderstorms

through tonight and into tomorrow.


L.B. Sedlacek has had poems published in publications such as “Clare Literary Magazine,” “Unlikely Stories,” “Arcturus,” “Folded Word,” “Woven Tale Press,” “Mastondon Dentist,” and “Lone Star Magazine.” LB is a former Poetry Editor for “ESC! Magazine.” She is the author of 13 chapbooks including her most recent one “Infra Dig (It’s a Chemical Life),” a successfully funded poetry project on Kickstarter.

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