There is a divide beyond which you cannot go.
A suit, a briefcase and a look of disdain
should keep you in your place,
but though you must bow for now
as there are mouths to feed,
your know your smile and your bent knees
are a balled fist in disguise.
The Vastness Within
The horizon has shrunk to a single room,
An immense space opens wide,
with vistas greater than space and time.
Why set foot outside the door
when a soul can roam here
much farther than in the enclosure
of one small world?
Bio: Joseph Farley edited Axe Factory from 1986 to 2010. His books and chapbooks include Suckers, For the Birds, Longing for the Mother Tongue, and Waltz of the Meatballs.