Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Night-Table Tableaux by William Doreski

The brass-bottom lamp by the bed
casts a green light on the abstraction
you’ve become in your old age.
The telephone on its recharger

coughs up occasional messages
that crosscut the silence preferred
by objects arranged as still-lives
to rectify angles and planes.

Although you lack a motive,
you could enter this genre scene
by extending your arm to grasp
the book bound in plain red cloth.

But would the book read you the way
the lamplight does? Would pages
flutter with flirtatious phrases
that would tinkle on the old pine floor?

All so deliberate. The green light
emanates not just from the lamp
but from the will you impose
on the objects that define you.

William Doreski's work has appeared in various e and print journals and in several collections, most recently A Black River, A Dark Fall (2018). 

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