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John C. Mannone: Abstract Art

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Art by John C. Mannone 2022

Abstract Art

 

by John C. Mannone

 

 

At first, I thought someone painted

abstract art on the bathroom wall—

blood-red blotches threading with blue

on an off-white wall—a patriotic theme

but I didn’t see the ink brushes the artist

might have left, only blue-black ink

on the floor by the closet door cracked

open. Red seeping out. I didn’t see

the body stuffed into that space; choked,

I couldn’t scream, or urinate and I had to

get out of this bathroom now, tell someone,

the manager, the police. I turned to rush out

but the door was locked. I started pounding

on the door, yelling, “Let me out!”

A faucet, on full hot, emptied itself

steaming the room. I fell to the floor,

horror enveloping me like vapor,

but a soft voice growing louder

in my ear said, Get up. Get up!

          I awaken; crayon in my hand.

 

 

 

John C. Mannone has poems in Windhover, North Dakota Quarterly, Poetry South, Baltimore Review, and others. Winner/Nominee of numerous contests/awards, John edits poetry for Abyss & Apex and other journals. He’s a retired physics professor living in Knoxville, Tennessee.

 

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In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2022