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Art by Ann Marie Rhiel 2020

Flaxen Hair

 

by John Short

 

 

The girl with flaxen hair

took a knife and carved images

across distant hills:

                   small aching masterpieces

                   that would endure.

                     Nave in this respect

                   she left me seated with devils

                   for barroom company

                   until her knife gouged twisted

                   faces from the wood.

 

                   Morning’s inescapable chemistry

                   buzzed all around

                   you just had to swallow

                   with a pint of stale music

                   as chaos threatened

to consume everything.

                   She carved one-legged seagulls

                   dirt gravel sickness,

                   laments of every

darkened railway track.

                  

 

 

John Short spent a long time in southern Europe doing a variety of jobs and now lives and writes in Liverpool. His poems and stories have appeared in many magazines in Spain, France, the UK, Ireland and the USA, such as Barcelona Ink, The French Literary Review, Prole, The Blue Nib, and Rat’s Ass Review. When not writing he enjoys cycling, real ale and Greek music. 



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 2020