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Art by Ann Marie Rhiel 2019

BACARDI TAIL LIGHTS

MACHINE GUN FAREWELL

by John Short

 

He tried to drown his dog

under the canal bridge

but it came back.

Rang the planning department,

and warned them there’d be blood

if one more estate was built.

His dad abandoned,

hobbling to the pigeon loft.

Daniel is leaving tonight on a plane.

Local junkies got hold

of the bottles and the furniture

then ended up scrapping

in a pool of vomit.

Seemed like Christmas in that street,

the girlfriend transparent

on a dirty mattress

hidden in very long grass.

 

John Short lives in Liverpool after years in Europe as a laborer, language teacher, and musician. His poems and stories appear in magazines including Yellow Mama, Lamplit Underground, The Horror Zine, Rat’s Ass Review, and Poetry Salzburg. A member of Liver Bards, he reads at venues around Liverpool and beyond.

Ann Marie Rhiel is the Assistant Art Director for Yellow Mama Webzine. She was born and raised in Bronx, New York, presently living in New Jersey. She reconnected with her passion for art in 2016 and has had her work exhibited in art galleries around northern New Jersey ever since. She is a commissioned painting artist, who also enjoys photography. Her work has also appeared in Black Petals and Megazine Official.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2019