Bio Note: I was born in New York, grew up in California, last studied in Texas, and finished a career in Florida. I have returned to the seaside and redwoods of the Golden State to pursue music, radio, translation, and poetry. My odd-ball lyric lives at moriapoetry.com (chapbooks) and at a personal google webpage. I recently published the volume Designs: Blueprints of Floorplans of a Provisional Residence (cyberwit, 2022).
Hard Hat Man
Their instructions were so perfectly clear: if I were to enter the feared restricted area I would have to wear a colorless hard hat. Of course, I assumed this rule was universal, designed to ensure cranial protection for all. However, after a while in the zone of danger I was able to come to an alternate conclusion: the tough heavy lid was actually to prevent so many rebellious and infectious ideas from drifting out of my own knowingly loud skull and into the lull of the place where they keep all these others on the edge of dull, in abeyance, captive and silent.
©2022 Charles A. Perrone
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