Lobster’s Predicament
Lobster snails between 
narrow avenues of sea 
for the better part
of his life.
He refuses to seek
out the challenges 
above him, numerous 
opportunities that have sunk 
too far down
to reach.
Routine is his manacle,
cocooned in a carapace
on top of the shell
he already bears.
Little does Lobster know,
that if he continues
on this path –
fails to swim –
stronger forces will encroach
upon his territory
and swallow him whole.

Archaic Town
A town where cabins
are propped up 
on nails, 
somber and plain,
leaving nothing 
for the eyes
to behold or the mind 
to construe. 
Rusted station wagons
line the front lawn,
more rust than wagon –
browned the way fingernails
fade to yellow.
Everything that has been 
manufactured remains
the same for generations, 
dense in its inauthenticity. 
Each monolith lacks 
allegory, catastrophic. 
No use holding on 
to the possibility 
of a new beginning 
if we have seen it all before.

Samuel Strathman is a poet, author, educator, and the founder/editor-in-chief of Floodlight Editions.

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