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.