Work of the Week

 

Any Body of Water Will Do

Before you get word of an old friend’s death 

you are drifting between black water and a blue expanse.

You have stopped paddling because 

the sun and its children asked you to.

The breeze didn’t come for you, but you accepted it 

the way the water accepts your trifling weight. 

You are the idea that the surface is a portal to a life you can only possess 

in the time it takes for a heron to open its wings as you approach.

The whoosh of his new flight is the sound of yesterday dissolving 

into elements that give you breath or drown you as you surrender.

About George

About George

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George Guida is the author of ten books, including the novels The Uniform (Guernica Editions, 2024) and Posts from Suburbia (Encircle Publications, 2022); the poetry collections Zen of Pop (Long Sky Media, 2020), New York and Other Lovers, revised edition (Encircle, 2020), The Sleeping Gulf (Bordighera Press, 2016), Pugilistic (WordTech Editions, 2015), and Low Italian (Bordighera, 2007); and the essay collections Spectacles of Themselves: Essays in Italian American Literature and Popular Culture (Bordighera, 2016), and The Peasant and the Pen: Men, Enterprise and the Recovery of Culture in Italian American Narrative (Peter Lang, 2003). His poetry, fiction and essays appear in numerous journals and anthologies. He teaches writing and literature at New York City College of Technology, and coordinates the Finger Lakes Reading and Performance Series at his family’s cafe’, the MacFadden Coffee Company, in Dansville, New York.