Half Asleep from a Late Afternoon Nap

A long gray strand of God’s hair
snakes across the dining room table
out of the chicken casserole.

A portrait of Sequoia sits on the fireplace mantel
with his alphabet inscribed as a paper frame
within the wooden frame.

A bee that inadvertently flew into the house
now bangs all his buzz
on the picture window viewing the terraced garden.

The gray strand of hair is twenty-two feet long
that is why I ascribe it to God
and not grandfather or grandmother.

My Apple computer products
contain the Cherokee font package
as I begin to learn Sequoia’s native language.

I open the door then use my hand against the window
to guide the bee to freedom and home
only to let four flies in.

copyright © 2022 Kenneth P. Gurney

Type Setting

After the Apocalypse,
Americans will alter the alphabet
so each character
represents each human language sound.

It will not be Sequoias’
eighty-six character alphabet
that the Cherokee implemented
around eighteen-o-nine.

But it will be similar in concept.
One graphic artist will be voted into office
to create the new alphabet
in a digital manner with the latest font grapher.

Because by post-Apocalypse time
everyone will know committees
always fail to accomplish their designated goals
under budget and by the deadline.

copyright © 2019 Kenneth P. Gurney