Go Children Slow by Paul Hostovsky

I imagine the Office of Signage

within the Department of Public Works

has a book of haiku lying open

on a table with an interesting shape,

and the Director, a thoughtful man

of very few words, is steering

a hot cup of tea with both hands

up to his lips, staring

meditatively out a window

when his secretary opens the door

and introduces me.

I imagine I feel nervous

but recognize hanging on the walls

some of his most famous work

which of course I know by heart,

and that puts me at ease.

As I wait for him to speak

a car screeches, a horn

blats its blunt editorial.

He straightens three exactly right words

in a polygon hanging by the thermostat,

picks up the book of haiku

and reads a couple or reads

one a couple of times,

then smiles privately to himself.

That’s when I hold out my imaginary

resume which he places in the book

and closes the book, so now I imagine

I’m holding his place with my foot

in the door.

Author Bio
Paul Hostovsky is the author of three books of poetry and seven poetry chapbooks. His poems have won a Pushcart Prize and been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, The Writer’s Almanac, and Best of the Net 2008 and 2009. His latest book of poems is A Little in Love a Lot (2011, Main Street Rag). (