Selective Service

After the war
we found new ways
to be afraid.
We were young and
full of dung
and we only wanted
enough time to
sleep with Sherry and
Lynn. As adults
we were poor students.
As Americans we
thought we
had seen the worst. In
the morning
it all seemed lit by amber
light. It all seemed pre-
served. We were
often still afraid, especially
when one day bled
into the next.
One day always bleeds in-
to the next. We
are still studying, lying
and lying low. We
still want to sleep with Sherry
and Lynn and Robin.


Corey Mesler has published in numerous anthologies and journals including Poetry, Gargoyle, Good Poems American Places, and Esquire/Narrative. He has published 8 novels, 4 short story collections, numerous chapbooks, and 4 full-length poetry collections. He’s been nominated for many Pushcarts, and 2 of his poems were chosen for Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac. With his wife he runs a bookstore in Memphis. He can be found at

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