George Payne


If all the pencils in the world
shriveled into graphite nubs

I would write your name
in the ashes on the hearth

If the damp sands washed
away with the rising tide 

I would go to my basement 
and draw it in the dust

The way Archimedes proved
his equations

George Cassidy Payne is a writer and social worker from Rochester, New York. His work has been included in such publications as the Hazmat Review,  Barnstorm Journal, Cholla Needles, Chronogram Magazine, Adirondack Almanack, the Mindful Word, Allegro Poetry Journal, Kalliope, Teahouse, Mohave Review,  River Poets Journal, Ampersand Literary Review, and Califragile. His blogs, essays and letters to the editor have appeared in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, the Havana Times, the South China Morning Post, The Albany Times Union, The Syracuse Post Standard, The Buffalo News, and more.

When not writing he works as a domestic violence counselor and part-time instructor of philosophy at Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua, NY.