The Works of CL Bledsoe
is the author of the young adult novel, Sunlight, three poetry collections, _____(Want/Need), Anthem, and Leap Year and
a short story collection called Naming the Animals. A poetry chapbook, Goodbye to Noise, is available
online at www.righthandpointing.com/bledsoe. A minichap, Texas, was published by Mud Luscious Press. His story,
"Leaving the Garden," was selected as a Notable Story of 2008 for Story
Writer's Award. He’s been nominated for the Pushcart Prize three times.
He blogs at Murder Your Darlings, http://clbledsoe.blogspot.com.
All Poems © CL Bledsoe
The night is blonde. The night gets lost
in a phone booth and has to smell its way
out. The night is afraid of the taste
of its father’s voice. Crickets echo
the immensity of its loss: they are, all of them,
broken hearted and dumb from the effort
of trying to reach the other side and rest.
But the night won’t lay still long enough
to let you sleep. It snores in your ear.
It farts and drives you to open a complaining
window. This is why sleep is for the young.
The idealistic youth can ignore the smell.
The gray pool of limbo outside will become
familiar, in the deadliest sense. It will lump
beside you, denting the bed, smelling of ointment.