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--editor / Southeastern Florida

Francis Ferde
Silver Grey Fox
Running Cub
Fred Wolven

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Francis sings Amazing Grace in an Ozark cave.
He likes the acoustics of emptiness, the chance
to sing to the unseen, to hear
each note with crisp edges, uncluttered.

Elias is always the Boy Scout: three
sources of light, a trash bag, water, granola.
If lost, turned sideways, confused by
passage imitating passage—he slits the bag, slips it

over his head, and sits cross-legged—the plastic
pulled down to his knees—the candle
nursed between his legs like tea.


Francis searches the source of breeze
in his face—new cave, wiggle room, a squeeze.
Darkness becomes personal, more pressing—
scalloped walls curving on. The belay

of his voice is roped through the loneliness
like a bowline at his waist. When Elias leaves
work on Monday, he is off-rope, the Boy Scout
heading home, briefcase topped

with chemistry, valence bonding, compound
to compound. He walks the snowmelt
to his silver Nissan, gray  


drifts thawing into creeks. At the storm drain,
the run-off sluices through concrete
to a distant spillway. This too is cave,
hypothermic, piped beneath the streets

like a subterranean piano—key by key, note by note.
He listens to public radio on the drive
across Kansas City. A Lexus swings
into the passing lane. The driver has a clipboard

on the steering wheel. He gestures wildly
into his Bluetooth.  All the way to the exit
on 435—his hands fly like bats.



Al Ortolani, Lenexa, Kansas








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