Book of Hours
The night was a B movie called
Annabelle Lee vs. The Hollow Men, starring
Annette Funicello and Boris Karloff,
while morning was a weak, weak tea –
a face in the cup's bottom oblivious
to why it was drowning –
and the day, a short story by Ernest Hemingway
punched by a typewriter, words bitten off
like the heads of chickens.
Ed Shacklee is a public defender who represents young people in the District of Columbia. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Angle, Innisfree Poetry Journal, Light, Per Contra and The Raintown Review, among other places. He is working on a bestiary.