THE INSTRUCTIONSToday the instructions came.
Nothing about communion
or dreams, the only clear directions
Nonetheless, our fears have diminished.
memories of the last time I took solid
somehow we've survived. We eat
Copyright 2000, James Bertolino
James Bertolino's most recent volume of poems is SNAIL
RIVER, Volume 34, 1995, in the Quarterly Review of Literature Award Series. He teaches Creative Writing at Western Washington University.