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  • Writer's pictureKayleigh Willis

'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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