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Art by W. Jack Savage 2021

I, Cartographer

 

by Brian Rihlmann

 

an old friend and I

are talking and she comments

on how well I know myself

and I guess that’s true, now,

although I wish it wasn’t

such a necessity

 

it’s taken many years

to learn this terrain

a long and agonizing process

of learning where NOT to step—

for it is far from being

a wide-open field

a place easily mapped

 

but is filled with

dangerous and ravenous beasts

snares and pitfalls

quicksand and

crumbling side-trails

that meander perilously close

to one edge or another

 

but oh my

how spectacular the view

of hell is

from there

 

the stars too

are beautiful

from afar

 

 

 

Brian Rihlmann lives and writes in Reno, Nevada. His work has appeared in many magazines, including The Rye Whiskey Review, Fearless, Heroin Love Songs, Chiron Review, and The Main Street Rag. His latest poetry
collection, Night at My Throat, (2020) was published by Pony One Dog press.      


                                                              












W. Jack Savage is a retired broadcaster and educator. He is the author of eight books including Imagination: The Art of W. Jack Savage (wjacksavage.com).  To date, more than fifty of Jack’s short stories and over a thousand of his paintings and drawings have been published worldwide. Jack and his wife Kathy live in Monrovia, California.





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