I live with my wife in a northern exurb of Westchester. My poems derive from human nature and my mind has been shaped by years of pop culture: countless hours of music, films, television, news, and more. Through teaching, I get to share my love of literature and the importance of responsible journalism. My poems and short stories have been published in numerous journals. My first collection, Small Consolations (Aldrich Press), can be found on Amazon.com. A chapbook, Memory Marries Desire, will be out momentarily. It can be ordered at FinishingLinePress.com.
You decide to kiss me
in the hallway of the Native American artifacts,
right in front of a crowd of inanimate warriors
who people the display case to our left.
They circle the fire and
seem to mind their own business.
I like how you waited until
that bunch of bored school kids
moved quickly along to something
they hoped might prove more exciting.
They would never know
the folly of their impatience.
For you like the intimacy of the public space,
the idea of the unexpected.
You grab my attention and more,
and while the guard in the next room
daydreams about some upcoming vacation,
you make my history come alive now.
-first published in Dead Flowers: A Poetry Rag
©2016 Gary Glauber