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
In the park, I choose to wear a pea green sweater,
a bulky cardigan with stretched-out sleeves
I would never have thought of putting on
thirtysome years ago, even twenty,
but how I would ever know that
had I not taken the time to rest here,
beneath the slumping trees and years,
is beyond the reach of any young man.
The time to take out a mechanical pencil
and small Tibetan pad, snag the lead
on the loose-knit, curse not half
as vehemently as I might have in 1979,
if I only had the nerve to wear it then.
For Maria on her birthday, 2016
I stop before the waterfall,
where we once thought time stood still,
and realized it has rolled on, too.
I won’t be moving on much longer—
my phone calls will end, whispers
and shadows drown out the rippling sounds.
They say I’m riding on one last wave,
but that’s hard for me to believe.
I walk the walk I always walk—
confident, sure-footed, uphill.
I won’t slip and don’t care if I do.
I’d marry you all over again if I could.
©2016 Perry S. Nicholas
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