Saturday 14 July 2012

Jeff Dupuis

Vulnerability to Bishops

Sitting in a packed lecture hall,
'Topics Shakespeare'. Only five free spaces
all diagonal from my seat
down to the lectern, where
the professor, a Renaissance man
well-past his prime, fiddles
and fumbles with his laptop,
the projector, and other implements
of the twenty-first century classroom.

After a day of work
and two classes,
I, wrapped in a parka of fatigue,
drift peacefully toward sleep,
safe on either side, and front and back.
Protected from all, except the flagrant
Achilles' heel, the vacant diagonal seats
creating a distinct vulnerability to bishops.

Jeff Dupuis writes poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. His work has appeared in The River Journal, The Acta Victoriana, and Blood Lotus Journal, among others. In his off-hours Jeff likes to train in the martial arts, or if nothing else, watch straight-to-DVD martial arts movies. He currently lives and works in Toronto, Canada.