Vacancy at the Fenrick Inn
by F. Omar Telan


Old sea tavern now far inland from made land. Strange occurrences—sound of lapping of waves.

I felt as if I was living someone else’s life, that my life had been stolen away. What was in front of me now could not possibly be my life. Outside the window was not just waves, but an ocean. The circular drive out front was now a small landing for boats. Beyond the landing was at least a mile of ocean before a distant shore full of what I hoped were lights of humanity. I thought of how far away those lights were from me. Even if I were to call for help, no man or woman could hear me.

I found a chair and slumped down into it. I filled with self-pity and stared out into a sky filled with more stars than I’d ever seen on the Jersey coast.

About the Author

F. Omar Telan made his directorial debut at La Mama E.T.C. (NYC) with The Edge of the World and has performed theatrically at P.S. 122 (NYC), the New York Fringe Festival, and the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. His poetry has been published in journals such as A Gathering of the Tribes and Our Own Voice, and he has read his work at the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church (NYC), the Kelly Writers House (Philadelphia), the National Asian American Poetry Festival (NYC), the Philippine Embassy (DC), and the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival (Waterloo Village, NJ). As a member of the New York Neo-Futurists, he shared a 2006 New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Performance Art Production for Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind.