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Dark Tales from Gent's Pens

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Art by Ann Marie Rhiel 2020

Dive

 

by John Sweet

 

 

keeps thinking about the desert

about getting high

about the girls he’s fucked in any number of

                                       shithole apartments

 

finds the slight depression at the far

edge of the field where the horse was buried

 

no songs but the

songs of bees

 

                                     the smell of lilies, of

dogwood and roses,  clouds like mounds of

faceless corpses circling overhead and he

thinks he had a son

 

remembers watching the bus pull out of

the parking lot but has no

memory of it ever coming back

 

and so he’s stoned at the far edge of

summer, 85 miles an hour down the interstate,

hills in every direction, shredded tires from

eighteen-wheelers, crows at the roadkill,

all of these pointless metaphors for

                                    a wasted life

 

he’s 25 and then he’s 43, a father and an

emotional cripple, sunburnt, unshaven,

no use for anyone’s god

 

he doesn’t support the war and he

doesn’t support the soldiers and he

doesn’t support the government

 

walls are walls, of course, and

every window is a target

 

the dogs are always hungrier when the

corpses are bulldozed into pits and burned

 

 

 

but he’s thinking about the desert,

                                          you see,

or he’s thinking about a woman he still loves,

and the two have become interchangeable

                                                in his mind

 

he’s thinking about this child he

may or may not have

 

about a poem he should but won’t write

 

he’s lost, yes, but only because

his eyes are closed

 

only because he never knew where he

was going in the first place

 

 

 

John Sweet sends greetings from the rural wastelands of upstate NY. He is a firm believer in writing as catharsis, and in the continuous search for an unattainable and constantly evolving absolute truth. His latest poetry collections include Heathen Tongue (2018 Kendra Steiner Editions), and A Flag on Fire Is a Song of Hope (2019 Scars Publications).

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