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Art by Cindy Rosmus 2021

A DAY

 

by Marc Carver

 

1

I walk along the path by the river

Two small girls on bikes come up to me.

I hear them say 

"They were on the wrong path,"

"I have been on the wrong path my whole life," I say.

But they don't hear me.

I carry on walking down that path.

 

2

I walk through the field 

blackbirds everywhere.

Looking for something in the grass.

But the weather is hot 

all the worms hiding and waiting.

As I get closer I push my arms out from me

to form a cross and up they all go into the air.

Springing up then landing again.

Others squawk he is still coming.

Again I do the same thing and the same thing happens.

People look at me so I stop

and so do the birds and everything goes back to normal as I leave.

 

3.

 

I go to the park 

the sun shines in the pond 

the swans look at me suspiciously 

people are happy 

and it almost makes me cry how beautiful it all is

 

 

4.

I sometimes think life is playing with me

like a zookeeper giving a tiger a hamster every half an hour.

It gives me just enough to keep going.

Like the cat who plays with the mouse.

They both know he will die 

but it is about how much pain he will suffer before he does.

 

 

Carver is an old man that occasionally manages to knock out a good poem, or two.



Cindy Rosmus is a Jersey girl who looks like a Mob Wife & talks like Anybody’s from West Side Story. She works out 5-6 days a week, so needs no excuse to drink or do whatever the hell she wants She’s been published in the usual places, such as Shotgun Honey, Hardboiled, A Twist of Noir, Megazine, Beat to a Pulp, Out of the Gutter, Mysterical-E, and Rock and a Hard Place. She is the editor/art director of the ezine, Yellow Mama. She’s a Gemini, a Christian, and an animal rights activist. She has recently been branching out into photo illustration, under the guidance and mentoring of Ann Marie Rhiel.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2021