Darrell Petska

Today Is Tahiti

“I like this place and willingly could waste my time in it.”
(from Act II, Scene IV, As You Like It)

as it seems
solid, true

scanning eye
pitched ear—
ambition confined

in shuttered books
bones of pens
paper graves

breath blood flesh
desk chair lamp
cup hand keyboard

time in abeyance
god and devil
pinned beneath a stapler

dream enters
sun hat on
all the world to roam

Darrell Petska is a retired university engineering editor and a 2021 Pushcart Prize nominee. His writing has appeared in Monterey Poetry Review, The Orchards Poetry Journal, 3rd Wednesday Magazine, Buddhist Poetry Review, Verse-Virtual, and widely elsewhere (conservancies.wordpress.com). A father of five and grandfather of six, he lives near Madison, Wisconsin, with his wife of more than 50 years.
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