Rooms upon rooms between the halls
and smaller rooms inside,
every object has its own,
all together, each alone
in its own brown or cream room
with one glass wall,
a card or tag telling us: "this is me,
where I'm from and when;
how are you?"

In those rooms,
the world is so friendly.

John L. Smith

I have been featured in St. Paul Almanac’s “Impressions” project, the North American Review, Hamline University’s “Rock Paper Scissors” and also “From Whispers to Roars.” I am a graduate of the University of Minnesota, and am currently pursuing an MFA from Hamline University. I live in Saint Paul, Minnesota.