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I come
To you today
With yet another scheme
For a wild, foolish adventure.
Coming?
Copyright 2018 Benjamin Daniel Lukey.

"Partners in Crime" was first published in volume 2, issue 8 of Gathering Storm Magazine.
When I was young, I’d disassemble clocks
So I could understand what made them go.
With tools in hand, and pieces in a box,
I’d wonder, and I’d look, and then I’d know.
But lacking tools to take myself apart,
I understand myself through what I’m told,
And one friend told me I am young at heart—
Another said my soul is very old.
If I can trust them both (I think I can),
Then I have been—repaired, or else restored.
Is it sometimes the lot of broken man
To go back to the workshop of the Lord?
     Some say that Great Clockmaker stands aloof,
     But I know otherwise—and I’m the proof!
Copyright 2019 Benjamin Daniel Lukey.

"The Clockmaker" was originally published in The Society of Classical Poets.
Since dawn
I've been sitting
In this boat, eagerly
Longing for the line's twitch that says
"Breakfast!"
Copyright 2018 Benjamin Daniel Lukey.

"Anticipation" was first published in the fourth collection of The Wire's Dream Magazine.
Alone in the woods,
I rest and smoke my cob pipe—
But am I alone?
Wreaths of white smoke surround me;
The forest seems full of wraiths.
Copyright 2018 Benjamin Daniel Lukey.

"Phantoms" was first published in the fourth collection of The Wire's Dream Magazine.
The Calling comes at different times to each,
And will be heard by eager souls who yearn
For something great to be, or do, or learn.
My Calling, when I heard it, was to teach.
What lofty heights of knowledge one might reach!
For questions, kindled, can forever burn
And light the way for thought, which may, in turn,
Give birth to noble action and fair speech.

But if I fail, my students also fall!
And so my constant fear is that I may
Confound my pupils with my rambling words.
To those placed in my care I'll give my all.
God grant that I might have the words to say!
God help me to protect these fledgling birds.
Copyright 2018 Benjamin Daniel Lukey.

"The Calling" was first published in volume XXII of Torrid Literature Journal.
Just like they used to,
When your daddy was a boy,
Do things the right way.

Let your yes be yes—
But if you make a promise,
Keep it with your life.

Don't be impudent.
Respect the gray-headed ones.
Help them cross the street.

Don't wait 'til things break.
Trust in God, but change your oil.
Sharpen your pen-knife.

Get out the whetstone.
Fix up that dull edge right now,
Else it might cut you.

Don't waste and don't want.
Disposable is shameful.
Refill the Zippo.

Keep your two dollars.
Brew your own coffee at home.
Grind the beans yourself.

Say grace, and then eat.
What we have is good enough—
More than we deserve.
Copyright 2018 Benjamin Daniel Lukey.

"The Old-Fashioned Way" was first published in volume XXII of Torrid Literature Journal.
I swore I’d keep in touch with you—
I crossed my heart and hoped to die.
I meant it, so it was no lie,
But as you know, it wasn’t true.
Copyright 2018 Benjamin Daniel Lukey.

"Apology to an Old Friend" was first published in The Society of Classical Poets.
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