Alternative to Truth 

I  still  could   not quite reach reality  so I said to the

ladder's    owner,   Show me.    Then  the moon  was

melting  on  my  tongue  so  I said,    Be my favorite

flavor – stay.   Until partitioned,       segregated into

sentences, my words were neither true nor false and

when I asked you to forgive me you said,      Forgive 

you for what?  



Heikki Huotari is a retired professor of mathematics. In a past century, he attended a one-room country school and spent summers on a forest-fire lookout tower. His poems have appeared in journals such as Poetry Northwest and Crazyhorse. His first chapbook was recently published by the Finishing Line Press.