NICK KORIFIOTIS is a public employee who is stayed from his rounds by neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night.  He lives and writes poetry in Rhode Island.
The Adirondack Review
The St. Lawrence Book Award
The St. Lawrence Book Award
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The St. Lawrence Book Award

DROPPING THE OMELET


I dropped an omelet in her lap.

No plate.  Just the omelet.

"What's this?" she said.

It's an omelet, I said.

I've been working on it a long time.

I broke the eggs (after inspecting each one

for any unintended nuance).  I diced

the vegetables and the meat well into the night.

My knife was sharp.

I couldn't sleep.  I couldn't eat.

I tried to keep it free of self-delusion---but

it had to get done regardless.

And now it's an omelet.

Are you hungry?

She looked down on her lap.

"I'm honored," she said.




Nick Korifiotis

WINNER
Fiddlehead Prize