by Roger Singer 

the bones of words
remain behind
like rumpled sheets
without memory of sleep
as day tosses
a mixed salad of walking
and arriving
the hours melt into
the water of day
time slows for
anxious eyes
while rain marks windows
and umbrellas below
splashing on buses
sizzling off neon’s
coats of color
weave upstream
in each direction
its calming to watch
until thrust into it


there’s a bruising

years of promises
bus station goodbyes
last kisses
unopened presents
wrinkled black and
white photos
muddy shoes
from long walks
the damage from
an argument
words shaped like
sunsets without



words and whispers
lies and promises
cold coffee
pieces of napkins
plates half full
half empty
yesterdays papers
three unclaimed hats
salt and pepper
ketchup without a top
bald headed cook
waitress with a limp
laboring ceiling fans
thick diner air

the door opens
someone enters
no one takes


About the Author:

Dr. Roger Singer has been in private practice for 38 years in upstate New York.  He has four children, Abigail, Caleb, Andrew and Philip and seven grandchildren.  Dr. Singer has served on multiple committees for the American Chiropractic Association, lecturing at colleges in the United States, Canada and Australia, and has authored over fifty articles for his profession and served as a medical technician during the Vietnam era. Dr. Singer has over 1,000 poems published on the internet, magazines and in books and is a Pushcart Award Nominee.  Some of the magazines that have accepted his poems for publication are:  Westward Quarterly, Jerry Jazz, SP Quill, Avocet, Underground Voices, Outlaw Poetry, Literary Fever, Dance of my Hands, Language & Culture, The Stray Branch, Toasted Cheese, Tipton Poetry Journal and Indigo Rising, Down in the Dirt, Fullosia Press, Orbis, Penwood Review, Subtle Tea, Ambassador Poetry Award Massachusetts State Poetry Society, Louisiana State Poetry Society Award, Mad Swirl Anthology 2018.