"Lowest Degree of Volition" and "Confections"

Lowest Degree of Volition

To visit Paris again
not sure about that
the French Onion soup
the Louvre
subway and Taxi rides
a lot of history
unlikely to be seen
again by these eyes
no matter
the wish or will
insignificant inclination
no compulsion to act
a whole different
circumstance when you
walk in the room
and all the knives
and weapons have
to be hidden
to keep you safe.

 


 

Confections

There should be
mithridate
against cold and
ice
failed suicide attempts
mercenary
killings, poisonings, theft
attempts
to avoid fate
assassination
story of tolerance
insurrections
immune universal antidotes
medical
science can’t explain
tyrannical
kings of childhood
defined
with increased doses
and
ancient kingdoms especially
effective
against years of
consumption.

 

 

L.B. Sedlacek

L.B. Sedlacek has had poetry, fiction and non-fiction appear in many different journals, zines and newspapers. She is a former Poetry Editor for ESC! Magazine and also co-hosted the podcast for the small press, “Coffee House to Go.” She founded and publishes the free resource for poets, “The Poetry Market Ezine.” Recent poetry books include Happy Little Clouds (Guerrilla Genesis Press) and The Poet Next Door (Cyberwit).  Her first short story collection is Four Thieves of Vinegar & Other Short Stories published by Alien Buddha Press. In her free time, LB enjoys swimming, reading, and playing guitar and ukulele. She recommends the Caldwell Humane Society.

 

Edited for Unlikely by Jonathan Penton, Editor-in-Chief
Last revised on Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 22:07