Lapis Lazuli

Brian Yapko

middle of the night

insomniac i

lay awake rote-recalling

useless trivia

[what is lapis lazuli?]

sweat staining my pillow

anguishing if

my knowledge-base

is competitive/acceptable

[what is porphyry?]

i studied art and

architecture i am the

apotheosis, the veritable

master of those questions

[what is carrara marble?]

i am an educated man --

maybe too much so.

[what is corinthian?]

but

so alone 

so damned alone

[what is romanesque?]

i cannot remember

how to be happy, i

cannot remember

[what is the hagia sophia?]

i cannot remember

why i am here,

or should be, or how to

get unlost

[what is the answer?]

what is the answer?

Brian Yapko is a lawyer whose poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Grand Little Things, Society of Classical Poets, Poetica,  Chained Muse, Garfield Lake Review, Tempered Runes Press, Auroras and Blossoms, Showbear Family Circus, Sparks of Calliope and as a first prize winner in The Abstract Elephant. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with his husband, Jerry, and their canine child, Bianca.

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