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Art by Ann Marie Rhiel 2021

I’m swimming and it’s late autumn


by Gregory E. Lucas



I’m swimming and it’s late autumn

on Hilton Head Island, SC:

troughs between whitecaps gathering

silver flecks of mid-morning sun

while breakers whisper on all sides

of me, and a gull’s shadow glides

over my eczema-marred skin

that the cold current cannot cool.


Deeper into separateness,

further from others on the shore,

I fade into the ocean’s world,

covered by a green solitude

that soothes me, despite the salt’s stings.

Not even drives on deserted

dirt roads on cloudy starless nights

have offered me this much distance

from countless people’s wounding stares.


Near the limit of my endurance,

I go on, parallel to shore,

until only a few sleepers

lay on a lonesome stretch of sand,

but as I emerge, they stir:

they talk in low voices; their eyes

fix on me, on my inflamed sores.

I am a spectacle to them,

a wrecked building engulfed by flames

or a mere heap of dowsed ashes,

and as I pass, I dream of days

when someone will see more than skin.





Gregory E. Lucas has had short stories and poems published in past issues of Yellow Mama. His short stories and poems have also appeared in magazines such as The Ekphrastic Review, The Horror Zine, and Dark Dossier.

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