C L Bledsoe


Caricatures Can Never Be Loved


Goodbye to Noise




I hear music when Iím trying to

work. You have to understand: no one

cries for the fat man with the broken knees

smeared in banana skin, the librarian

splattered under a piano. Heads donít turn

from the droning click of keys

to even notice the tragedy of dying

in khakis. I trap my hours in graphite,

pin their wings to the page and draw neat

lines through them when Iíve spent them.

This is how it should be, no? And yet

tell me how. I canít even spell

the word libretto, and yet at the periphery

of my hearing, voices rise, and here I scribble.