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Art by Dawn Marie Gonzalez 2019

Direction

 

by Jonathan Butcher

 

 

We stand on that verge once again,

hanging by limp, depleting threads.

Our mouths stuffed with masticated

words that we spit out like blunted

bullets, their targets now lost in the

ether.

 

These same roads surround us,

unmarked, yet cracked. The concrete

reaching each corner, with obsessive

perfection, their surfaces like overused

notice boards, with messages tragically

out-of-date.

 

A certain smugness hangs in the air,

like ash-filled cobwebs, the shallow

intents not spoken, but suggested

through broken teeth, but never powerful

enough for us to change direction, as we

remain again on that same, broken path.

 

 

 

 

Jonathan Butcher is a poet based in Sheffield. He has had work appear in various print and online publications, including Popshot, The Transnational, Sick-Lit, Drunk Monkeys, The Morning Star, Mad Swirl, and others. He edits the online poetry journal Fixator Press, through which his third chapbook, Corroded Gardens, was published. 



Dawn Marie Gonzalez is 47 years old and is from the Bronx. Currently, she’s living in Yonkers, NY. A wife, and mom of an 18-year-old son, she is also an administrative assistant for a Non-Profit.

 She has always enjoyed doodling, drawing, and painting, and she finds it relaxing. 

 This painting used to illustrate the poem “Direction” is of the view near the Yonkers Waterfront.  

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2019