MY MIGHTY PEN
by John Grey
I update my diary
in the shallow light of a candle.
All of what happened to me
is written down slowly, carefully,
with a nib that makes words like a weaver,
with large loops, elegant shapes to every letter.
Meanwhile, there’s a bat at the window,
beating on the glass with its wings.
It morphs into human form
as it steps into the room.
My visitor is pale-faced, red-lipped,
and bedecked in dark suit and cape.
He slowly edges toward me,
red eyes making an invidious play for mine,
mouth slowly opening
to reveal two fangs like honed ivory.
I’m just at the part
where I’m annoyed with my sister
and I threaten to punch her husband’s lights out.
That’s when the intruder lunges at me
and I strike out blindly, in anger,
at this interruption to my retrospection.
That nib plunges into his heart,
he lets out an almighty scream,
then his flesh peels away,
he’s nothing but bone
and, that too, concedes to
the number of years he’s been undead,
turns to dust before my eyes.
I’ve no idea why this incident
doesn’t make it into my diary.
It’s late. I’m tired.
The page is already near-filled.
These are poor excuses.
The truth is that everybody knows
the pen is mightier than the sword.
I’m dutiful when it comes
to getting the record straight.
But I do take an exception to clichés.
Grey is an Australian poet, U.S. resident. Recently published in the Homestead
Review, Harpur Palate, and Columbia
Review with work upcoming in the Roanoke
Review, the Hawaii Review, and North
Rosmus is a Jersey
girl who looks like a Mob Wife & talks like Anybody’s from West Side
Story. She works out 5-6 days a week, so needs no excuse to drink or do
whatever the hell she wants She’s been published in the usual places, such as Shotgun
Honey, Hardboiled, A Twist of Noir, Megazine, Beat to a Pulp, Out
of the Gutter, Mysterical-E, and Twisted Sister. She
is the editor/art director of the ezine, Yellow Mama. She’s a Gemini, a
Christian, and an animal rights activist. She has recently been branching out
into photo illustration, under the guidance and mentoring of Ann Marie Rhiel.