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Art by Ann Marie Rhiel 2021

Jennifer

by John Doyle

 

Jennifer was my first girlfriend—

it was 1980—both of us four years old—

a disco-dance floor was made from pebbles    

like ancient Mayan puzzles,

 

lager-cans and smoldered twigs nearby—

evidence of civilization disappeared.    

Jennifer was my neighbor,

the one who went missing   

 

days after her breakdown—let home from hospital.    

They found Jennifer barely hanging-on  

three days later, in the woods. The cold did its thing    

like a blade to a lamb's throat.

 

Jennifer Juniper is played on vinyl  

crisp like early-shooting flames  

through the forest before the animals are spooked.  

The evidence smoldered on several faces  

 

for days, Jennifer's cortege mumbled its suspicions,  

my first girlfriend and her second husband said hello—

I smiled. I haven't seen her wearing purple

since 1980

 

 

John Doyle is from County Kildare in Ireland. He returned to writing poetry in February 2015 after a gap of nearly 7 years. Since then, he's had 6 collections released, including Leaving Henderson County, in 2020. He is writing his first novel at present and works as a journalist.



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 2021