Paper Cuts

A husband and wife
sure they know what is best for their community
secretly strike black marker over offensive text
in every library book.

His ten percent tithe
bypasses the church and goes straight
to the office supply store
so they may eradicate the unmentionable.

Each evening as they look in the mirror
while brushing their teeth
they see heroes
saving humanity from itself.

Their son and daughter
have black under their fingernails
as they finish reading ripping good stories
with an inherited persistence.

copyright © 2022 Kenneth P. Gurney

Thick Night with Edges

Midnight a woman reads pages
in place of the inside of her eyelids.

Soft light harsh.

A novel with vivid images
she will dream to dizziness, ad nauseam.

Turn the page.

A new chapter heading gives pause.
Turn the light off query.

Check the clock.

Minute-drag feels too heavy
for the foundation to hold them up.

Debarkation from convention.

No exhaustion. Uneasiness.
Back to black print on white pages.

copyright © 2021 Kenneth P. Gurney