At the Core

My heart is a self-
published book, like
a snake shedding its skin, 

I have an infinite supply 
of words and pages to
turn over.

Yet my whole past and
my entire future has been 
on a single page.

38 years of life.

One exposed, 
solitary page. 

Stored in metallic ink,
each morning reaching

George Cassidy Payne is a poet from Rochester, NY. His work has been included in such publications as the Hazmat Review, Moria Poetry Journal, Chronogram Journal, Ampersand Literary Review, the Angle at St. John Fisher College, and 3:16 Journal. George’s blogs, essays and letters have appeared in the USA Today, Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, the Havana Times, the South China Morning Post, the Buffalo News, and more. 

See all his poems on Tea House here.

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