Hospital on the Hill
by Stephen J. Golds
All the kids
with their grins &
lunch money at school.
There with you in that other place.
naked behind glass.
Clustered people incessant
about their hearts,
minds as though
they’d been bought
receipt gone, warranty
in a language unspoken.
blue smoke plumes,
in a cafeteria odorous of last week’s
meat loaf, piss, and nicotine limbo.
Hands tremble winter in
a sick summer sun.
There with something that
was once you in that place.
Then leaving solitarily
with unspoken words in mouth
broken, loose teeth touched
lingered upon by tongue.
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.
Butler lives in the country, near a small town south
of San Jose, CA called Hollister. He used to write steadily,
publishing both in print and online as Terence Butler, but after some health
issues, the energy needed to write seemed to dissipate somewhat.
He has been a professional photographer and a painter/collage-assemblage
maker for most of his working life, so painting and
photo art have taken the place of genre fiction as an outlet. Recently the
story “Fire Man” appeared all as a piece in his mind so he simply wrote it
down. He sent it to Cindy, and in the ensuing back and
forth. They somehow discussed using some of his visual
art, too. Cindy is simply the best, and a real stalwart
little world. She has a big heart
and a deep love for animals, too!