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Art by Ann Marie Rhiel 2020

LOL

 

by Stephen J. Golds

 

It feels as though

someone has closed

the blinds on me.

As though, I have been left

in the city dump

for these shadows.

 

Locked in a piss-stained room

with night terrors

and a full bladder.

Full of worry and

full of something

heavy and cold.

 

She tells me to:

pull myself together,

like a pair of curtains. Jokes

make it all better.

But,

they don't.

 

I'm left wondering

how long

this artificial smile

will remain

carved on my face

and not fail me.

 

 

 

Stephen J. Golds was born in London, UK but has lived in Japan for most of his adult life. He enjoys spending time with his daughters, reading books, traveling, boxing, and listening to old Soul LPs. Glamour Girl Gone, his debut novel, will be released by Close to The Bone Press on January 29th, 2021.








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