Broke Before Love Shack

(my 2nd favorite poem from this book)

staying awake

with sheer determination
i will my eyes to stay open
focusing first on one thing
then on another far across
the room from where i sit
like the picture on the wall
the chairs and coffee table
or the sofa or the fireplace
of wood and chrome pipes
that wrap their shiny arms
around sheet metal molding


(from broke before love shack) Copyright 2009 by Jeffrey Spahr-Summers, Cherry Publications.