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Sandy LongleySandy Longley is an English Professor at Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson, NY. Poems have appeared in Southword Journal issue # 21, Spillway and Nimrod Journal of International Poetry and Prose. In 2012 and 2015 poems were shortlisted for Dorset's Bridport Prize. Her chapbook, Navigating the Waters, will be published by Finishing Line Press in the fall.

 

 


 

 

 

Solace at the P.O.

 

 

 

So, it's my turn and I place an envelope

on the counter. The clerk asks:

 

“Does this package contain any hazardous liquid?”

Only a thousand tears, I reply.

 

Is there anything flammable or breakable?”

Just my heart, I say.

 

“Would you like this sent express mail

for an additional $7.50?”

Actually, I'd prefer a slow delivery,

maybe in a canvas saddlebag, on a

dappled mare, rambling through mountains,

through valleys lush and deep, pausing

for long drinks in stony creeks.

 

How about insurance?”

We both know there's no insurance,

no deductible, for matters like this;

I know what I have given,

what I have received.

 

He glances at the customer line lengthening—

impatience spreading like a virus.

 

I want him to close his window and ask me

to meet him out back. He'll be wearing cowboy

boots and smell like fresh cut locust burl.

 

He'll drape his tattooed arm (wild boar)

around me, offer a cigarette and say

“A dog walks into a bar...”

 

 

 

©2016 Sandy Longley

 

 

Author Links

 

More by Sandy Longley in Southword Journal

'Metamorphosis' by Longley in Down in the Dirt

Poems by Longley in Winning Writers

 

 

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