Thomas Piekarski is a former editor of the California State Poetry Quarterly and Pushcart Prizenominee. His poetry and interviews have appeared widely in literary journals internationally,including Nimrod, Portland Review, Mandala Journal, Cream City Review, Poetry Salzburg,Pennsylvania Literary Journal, Boston Poetry Magazine, and Poetry Quarterly. He haspublished a travel book, Best Choices In Northern California, and Time Lines, a book of poems.
John breathes in deeply, feeling his chest muscles expand. Blood rushes around his shoulder muscles. He feels good. He’s going home now and will be able to be there for a while because he was told something this morning that he never knew until then: he’s non-essential.