IN OUR OWN WORDS, FALL 2011
THE LITERARY JOURNAL FROM BURNING BUSH PUBLICATIONS


WINNER OF AN HONORABLE MENTION IN THE BURNING BUSH POETRY PRIZE FOR 2011:

Unsheltered
WF Lantry

It's not the same, but I know what it's like.
I only had to get through thirty days
without a roof. I knew, if I survived
there'd be a waiting place of warmth. I slept
in parks, on campuses, down on the beach.
Along the curving roadside stands of trees

called out a populated welcome. I
feared mostly human contact. Caretakers
would turn me out each dawn in wariness.
They hovered while I gathered all I had
keeping a cautious distance. I would walk
most of each morning. When the afternoon

afflicted even shadows with its heat,
I'd seek what shade I could. The unleashed dogs
approached and circled, never coming close.
I had to hoard what little food I had
until the sunset summoned me to eat.
Each evening would find me planning night.

Just so the cycle ran, each day the same.
And you, who think your life is difficult,
who struggle with your boredom and your pain
decisions lightly made, consuming time,
consider how you'd live even a month
outside, untouched, with no place as your own.

 

 

 

W.F. Lantry received his PhD from the University of Houston. In 2010 he won the Lindberg International Poetry for Peace Prize (in Israel), Crucible Poetry Prize, CutBank Patricia Goedicke Prize and Hackney Literary Award in Poetry. His work has appeared widely, and his chapbook,The Language of Birds,
is available from Finishing Line Press. His website is: wflantry.com.

 

 

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