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Art by Ann Marie Rhiel 2020

BOILED LIKE LOBSTER (NOT ME)

 

by Bradford Middleton

 

 

The beach is packed with those

Lacking humanity and like lobster

They boil whilst sure that

Everyone will love it. Their hot

Red-faced new look will leave

Them easy to spot, the clueless

Damn fools, leaving it easy to

Recognise their stupidity. 

 

I sit indoors, in this darkened

Room, with no intention of leaving

Until the sun goes down cos that’s

When i can work my magic. I’ll

Leave this room and stalk these

Streets knowing there ain’t no

Chance for me to be seen with a damn

New look.

 

 

 

Bradford Middleton was born in London in 1971 but didn’t begin writing poetry until he landed in Brighton about 12 years ago.  Since then he’s been widely published in small press circles, with 3 chapbooks, with poems also in publications like the Chiron Review, Mad Swirl, Rye Whiskey Review, and Evening Street Review. Follow him on Twitter @BradfordMiddle5.

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