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Poem of the Week: Thoughts During an Emergency Visit to Buffalo General by Perry Nicholas

I ran with the wind like a boy/in the journey of my solitude … David Lehman

By Perry Nicholas I guess I never knew lonely

to be more than simple loss


or someone’s label for afraid.

Running through my veins is thin love


I am permitted to retain a while longer.

Lonely is not of importance –


it’s the lack of flow before

there’s a chance to complete the journey.


What’s next? What time will you wake me?

I rarely let fear win,


never turn my back to run,

only worry I’ll cut short my poem


of you, and what we are composing

will empty slowly like this eight-hour drip. Contributor’s Note: PERRY NICHOLAS will read from his work at 7 p.m. Friday at Dog Ears Bookstore, 688 Abbott Road, and again as part of a Spring Fling poetry, music, and art event from 6 to 9 p.m. April 2 at 1045 Elmwood Art Gallery. He is an associate English professor at Erie Community College North Campus and the author of four book-length collections of poetry and three chapbooks, the most recent of which is “Emergency Visit” (2015).