Gerard Coletta




The doctors at last made us love sleep.
Awake, I can only stagger, polioed, a foal.

My console glitters with text, with faces
that don’t seem to be aging anymore.

There must have been a birthday recently.
I click Read and move hand over hand

down the chilly railing, see Jenkins
and Lopez in stasis, not remembering

whether those names belong to them,
to anyone. The showers stink of lye

but I love them anyway, love scraping
the chemical vernix off my skin. It’s only

32 m. back to my pod, but I run
into Murphy (or Murray) on the way.

We manage smiles as we pass. We
have only spoken once. “It seems

our cycles overlap,” she’d said. “Oh,”
I said, “I never noticed.” (I had.)

Piped-in Mahler plays me back
to sleep. Home is a song for piano

and strings now, etched in copper,
a score for what we know not yet.


GERARD COLETTA was raised in Boston and currently resides in Brooklyn. He writes greeting cards for a living.


Read more by Gerard Coletta:

Two poems in The Adirondack Review
Poem in Print-Oriented Bastards