the muse apprentice guild
--expanding the canon into the 21st century




WORK
BY PAUL ORATOFSKY

HEAR SOME SECRET

Hear some secret attending these pieces
of the furniture of our selves hiding in these cities
behind these stones and courtyards‹

See some blue in the reds of the flesh showing
on the faces of the cloth-covered Yonkers man
bringing his stones, piling his pieces

Of furniture on the sidewalk, selling someone
the history of a few planks of wooden nails
glued to the secret of a hinge on a panel of wives,

Saying here, cut here, thrust here, hide me here,
in a simple afternoon, before the riding horsemen
stomp down the careful piecing together. Listen.