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'My Desk Lamp' by Michael Penny


cantilevers over my work

its single unblinking eye

that I do not expect will be kind


as it sees everything

leaving no shadows

to hide my faults.


It will note

but not correct;

instead it stares


until I do get it right

and allow myself to switch

it off. I know it cares.



Copyright. Michael Penny.


Michael Penny has published five books, most recently Outside, Inside (McGill-Queen’s University Press.) He lives on an island near Vancouver, Canada.




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