Poem Written on Company Time #1

This poem is for Jane Kokernak of Leaf, Stitch Word, who saw this sight and wondered what I would make of it. “I don’t know why,” she said. “Because I write about weird shit,” I answered. “Oh, that’s true. You do.” Natch.


She asked me why a street might need its own

Pillow, off-white against concrete, light

And fluffy when compared to tar, all crabbed

And broken from wheels and feet and packages

Dropped, lives dropped. What moving student

Dropped the pillow, distracted, overloaded, and

Eager for freedom in a new space of his own?


No matter. No man’s pillow now resides here

In no-man’s land, as everyman tramples this

Sidewalk, proceeding from home to work,

From bliss to worries and woes. The sidewalk

Itself wearies from the eternal sickly glow of

Streetlamps, damp leaves, cigarette ends still

Smoking themselves. The sidewalk longs for sleep.


Now, Jane, send me the picture and I will write the other half of this poem…

3 comments on “Poem Written on Company Time #1

  1. bobp0303 says:

    Beautiful, Sue Spilecki! I just discovered you via my friend Jane Kokernak’s Leaf Stitch Word blog. Please post the second half of the poem where I can find it.

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  2. I love this. Wonderful imagery and contrast. Intimacy and anonymity. Beautiful, Sue.

    Liked by 1 person

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