In a Perfect World

(For Chris Cannella)

Putting words on paper
Might hold the world at bay
One tied inextricably to the next
And the next
Like a train of cars tunneling certain
Through dark night.
The light just up ahead.

It ought to be that way,
it ought.
And for the time it takes
These lines to form
That’s exactly how it is.


By Les Standiford