after El Fugitivo 1947 by Gabriel Figueroa
None realize that they are chalk
until they try to traverse the end
of the page and my blue coffee cup.
That they have lived so richly among
the arches of Central American churches
and the way baskets make shadows
against the jugs and walls of the plaza
only adds to their perplexed amazement
and finally, to their frustration.
Who would've believed, they must think,
that they were recently created by
a woman with a few sticks of chalk
colorful as they are, and that one
day they would reach the end
of their questions so completely?
Lenny DellaRocca's book of poetry, "Alphabetical Disorder" is available at Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble online. His work has appeared in more than 100 magazines since 1980. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Chiron Review, his poems have also been published in Seattle Review, Long Island Quarterly, ePolarity, Wisconsin Review, Maryland Review, Appalachian Quarterly, Nimrod, Synaesthetic and more. He lives in Delray Beach, Florida with his wife Marie.