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Love Mistakes
by Noel Sloboda

Lorelei multitasks
watches late news
checks messages
types quickly
promises Dex
more fun then
a barrel of nomkeys

Content alone
he thinks
he will decline this
sloppy but sincere
invitation for another
night swinging
around town

Miscast the message
makes him feel
like his old toy Uzi
realistic in scale
but unable to fire
orange plastic capping
the dark barrel




© 2007


Noel Sloboda teaches at Penn State York and serves as dramaturg for the Harrisburg Shakespeare Festival. His poetry has appeared in a variety of places, including ByLine, Southern Ocean Review, BLOW, Lucidity, and erbacce.