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Richardson Complex, Buffalo Psychiatric Center

By Lynn Ciesielski

you sleep naked on snow banks

desert dunes at night

dream long pauses

your jagged thoughts do not match

master turns you to mosaic

feelings provide mortar

mind becomes motley stone wall

you are beautiful like gothic art

but stand stoic

the patina on your rooftops dyes them Easter colors

you, too, wish to rise from this death

that boxes you in

but you remain lost

in a metaphorical maze

try to climb the stone barefoot

these tunnels rise vertical

they trap you

life trains us all on a forward path

we never learn to climb

it's a long way to heaven

this castle encumbers

you peer through windows

but someone has barred them

they screen out butterflies and bats

your intruders enter from inside

until we reach out to rescue you

LYNN CIESIELSKI lives in Buffalo. She is a recently retired special-education teacher who has turned her full attention to writing.

Poetry and Literature Calendar (Jan. 9 to Jan. 15)

Today, 7:30 p.m.: The Screening Room Series reading featuring poet and spoken word artist Marek Parker, plus a video by William Kothe. Open reading slots available. Northtown Plaza Business Center, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst.

Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.: "Poetry and Its Conversations," a workshop with poet Ann Goldsmith, award-winning author of "No One Is The Same Again" (QRL) and the recently published "The Spaces Between Us" (Outriders Press). Four Tuesdays through Feb. 1. C.G. Jung Center, 408 Franklin St., Buffalo. $35 to $45.

Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.: "William Blake, prophetic poet of the Collective Unconscious," a talk by Leslie Nickerson, a St. Bonaventure University teaching fellow. C.G. Jung Center, 408 Franklin St., Buffalo. $8 to $10.

Thursday, 7 p.m.: Spit at Spot Coffee, ongoing weekly open reading/spoken word performance series hosted by Brown Sugar. Spot Coffee, 227 Delaware Ave., Buffalo.

Friday, 6 p.m.: Discussion and book signing with Douglas J. Gladstone, author of "A Bitter Cup of Coffee: How MLB and the Players Association Threw 874 Retirees A Curve Ball." Dog Ears Bookstore, 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo.

Saturday, 10 a.m.: "Poetry and Its Conversations," a workshop with Ann Goldsmith. Four Saturdays through Jan. 29. CG Jung Center, 408 Franklin St., Buffalo.

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