robert e. petras
Clumsily I write the foundation
of an idea while I tear down
the other guy’s home project,
the rabbit coop of the homeowner before me,
made of scrap wood like a poem,
words reused and made new, dissonant planks
snugged together harmoniously, lined.
I pry each plank off nail by nail,
each moaning the opposite sound of entry,
my coup of the other guy’s work—
disappearing one plank at a time
as though I am tapping a keyboard
one backspace at a time, creating
a nothing that is mine.
Robert E. Petras is a resident of Toronto, Ohio and a graduate of West Liberty State University. His poetry and fiction have appeared in more than 150 publications, most recently in Haunted Waters Press, Parody, Defenestration and Speech Bubble Magazine.