Poem: Walking on Capitol Hill


L.B. Sedlacek is a poet, editor, publisher, author, and poetry reviewer whose poetry, fiction and non-fiction have appeared in numerous journals, zines and newspapers. Her books of verse include “The Blue Eyed Side” (Cyberwit), “Happy Little Clouds” (Guerilla Genesis Press), “The Poet Next Door” (Cyberwit), “The Architect of French Fries” (Presa Press), “Words and Bones” (Finishing Line Press) and, most recently, “Swim” (Alien Buddha Press). She is also the author of a short story collection, “Four Thieves of Vinegar & Other Short Stories,” available from Alien Buddha Press, and she founded and publishes the free resource for poets, “The Poetry Market Ezine.” Her poem, “Walking on Capitol Hill,” appeared in last month’s Poetic Hill, but the title of the poem and her bio were inadvertently omitted. www.lbsedlacek.com

Red Brick and Cobblestone
The red brick drive
two rows two paths
for two wheel sets
or for two feet
passing houses and garages.
An alleyway through time
before pavement before asphalt
a short-cut between blocks
of townhouses or government
buildings, offices or churches.
The red brick drive
was a way to
see how other people
lived through their back
porches or back decks.
An alleyway of time
with accents of cobblestone
wooden garage doors that
open only by hand
secret paths and doors.

Listen closely and you
can hear the past.

If you would like to have your poem considered for publication, please send it to klyon@literaryhillbookfest.org. (There is no remuneration.)