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Art by Cindy Rosmus 2021

Doing Without

 

by R. Gerry Fabian

 

                            

I am without a telephone

because like painting

I need to see faces.

 

I am without a newspaper

because the paper reports

sickness

and I am well.

 

I am without a television

because I would rather

live my life

than wish to be like

the actors who would live it

for me.

 

I am without a car

because

my body need exercise

a great deal more

than the convenience.

 

And I am with her

because her environment

has broken her brain,

poured it in a saucepan

        and promised her an omelet.

 

 

 

R. Gerry Fabian is a retired English instructor. As a poet and novelist,

he has been publishing his writing since 1972 in various literary magazines. 

He has published four books of his published poems, Parallels, 

Coming Out of the Atlantic, Electronic Forecasts, and Ball on the Mound.

In addition, he has published three novels. They are Getting Lucky (The Story), Memphis Masquerade, and Seventh Sense.  

All these books are available both as ebooks and paperbacks at all publishers including Amazon, Apple Books and Barnes and Noble.

His web page is https://rgerryfabian.wordpress.com 

Twitter @GerryFabian2

He lives in Doylestown, PA






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