Besieged

A Poem by Patrick Theron Erickson

Ten women
will be able
to bake your bread
in one oven

And they will dole out
the bread by weight

Health care
isn’t the only thing
that will be rationed

nor our IRA
the only thing
that will be hacked
or hijacked

when you cut off
our supply of bread

which is to say
when you lay siege
to us

Ten women
one loaf
one oven

Where’s the breaking even
in that?

(Leviticus 26:26)

PATRICK T. ERICKSON, A RESIDENT OF GARLAND, TEXAS, A TREE CITY, JUST SOUTH OF DUCK CREEK, IS A RETIRED PARISH PASTOR PUT OUT TO PASTURE HIMSELF. SECRETARIAT IS HIS MENTOR, THOUGH HE HAS NEVER BEEN AN ACHIEVER AND HAS NEVER GAINED ON THE COMPETITION. HE RESONATES TO A FRIEND’S DEFINITION OF CHANGE (ALBEIT A BIT DATED): CHANGE COMING AT US A LOT FASTER BECAUSE YOU CAN PUNCH A WHOLE LOT MORE, A WHOLE LOT FASTER DOWN DIGITAL BROADBAND “GLASS” FIBER THAN AN OLD COPPER CO-AXIAL LANDLINE CABLE. OF LATE PATRICK’S WORK HAS APPEARED IN WILDERNESS HOUSE LITERARY REVIEW; COBALT REVIEW; POETRY PACIFIC; RED FEZ; SUBTLETEA; THE ODDVILLE PRESS; LITERARY JUICE; POETRY QUARTERLY; AND WILL APPEAR IN DANSE MACABRE AND IN THE FALL 2015 ISSUE OF THE PENWOOD REVIEW.
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