Perry S. Nicholas
I am an Associate Professor of English at Erie Community College North in Buffalo, N.Y. I have 5 books, 2 chapbooks, and 1 CD of poetry. I am married to Maria Sebastian, a well-known singer/songwriter, and we perform our poetry and music together at many venues in the WNY area. For more information please visit my website: www.perrynicholas.com
I've Never Seen a White Whale
I’ve travelled the world, laced
by oceans and rivers nearly forgotten.
Sometimes I keep track of failure
by all the shores I’ve passed.
I have never seen a white whale,
nor wondered why I haven’t
before now—a small fish
in an anonymous, massive pond.
So when I’m weary of illusions,
verse a blank sweep across
my page or mammoth’s back,
I thrust my pen like a harpoon
into anything grey, pretending
dun is white, life is lovely and infinite.
©2015 Perry S. Nicholas