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Art by A. F. Knott 2019

ESTRANGEMENT

by Brian Rihlmann

 

I hope you understand

why I won’t be coming

for Thanksgiving this year

or ever

because I would have to be

roaring drunk

to see you again

numb enough to forget

how you abandoned her

at the end

while I spooned mush

between her grey lips

and draped a

mountain of blankets

over her bones

because she was so

so cold

but no amount of blankets

could warm that kind of chill

how you burned her up

like garbage

when it was over

and collected the money

not the ashes

I would have to drink

an entire fifth of whiskey

to endure your hugs and smiles

to return your kind words

when you say

how much you’ve missed me

these last few years

years that my phone

hasn’t rang once

 

 

Brian Rihlmann was born in NJ, and currently lives in Reno, NV. He writes mostly semiautobiographical, confessional free verse. Folk poetry . . . for folks. He has been published in Constellate Magazine, Poppy Road Review, The Rye Whiskey Review, Cajun Mutt Press, and has an upcoming piece in The American Journal Of Poetry.

A. F. Knott is a self-taught collage artist focused on book layout and book cover design as well networking in conjunction with Hekate Publishing, one of its missions, bringing together artist and writer. Sometimes seen selling in New York City's Union Square Park. Work can be found on 

flickr.com/photos/afknott/ Any exchange of ideas welcome: anthony_knott@hekatepublishing.com

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2019