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Art by Terry Butler 2020

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. 

Words flashed 

naked behind glass. 

Clustered people incessant 

about their hearts, 

minds as though 

they’d been bought 

broken secondhand, 

non-returnable &

receipt gone, warranty 

in a language unspoken. 

 

Smoking desperate, 

blue smoke plumes, 

drifting hallucinations 

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. 



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.



Terry 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 in this little world. She has a big heart and a deep love for animals, too!                                     

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2020