Winter in the Library

Homeless people
in easy chairs by the periodicals.
One man has not taken off
his thin, frayed jacket;
his hands, still red with cold,
are shaking so much he has trouble
turning the pages
of a large print book.

A librarian listens to a woman
with a manuscript of poems
she wants to get published,
soon, as she is in her eighties.
The minute hand of the wall clock
drops like the blade of a guillotine
as the first few flakes of snow
tap softly against the windows.

about the author
David Lee Garrison started writing poetry as a sophomore in high school as a way of dealing with adolescent lust and angst. He hasn’t gotten over those feelings, and still writes poems about high school, even though he will be attending his fiftieth reunion in 2013. “My main goal as a poet is to communicate, so my poems are not hard to understand with a first reading. In all of them, however, I try to achieve a depth that invites a second or third reading as well.” David’s book of poems Playing Bach in the DC Metro is now available from Browser Books Publishing.