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John Tustin: Animal Under the Table

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Art by Cindy Rosmus 2022

ANIMAL UNDER THE TABLE

 

by John Tustin

 

There is an animal under the table;

unnamed, without a face.

There is a monster in the closet,

whispering to the ghost

who inhabits the space

between my walls.

There is an angel swinging

behind the closest star

that is still farther away

than I will ever reach

and there is an animal’s body

carved into the moon

that dwells anxiously above me.

Its silhouette reaches my door

and scratches at it,

waiting for the animal under the table

to crawl out from under

while I try to sleep

and let him in.

They conspire,

they commune

while I lie here,

wasting moments,

contemplating.

 

 

John Tustin’s poetry has appeared in many disparate literary journals since 2009. fritzware.com/johntustinpoetry contains links to his published poetry online.


Cindy Rosmus originally hails from the Ironbound section of Newark, NJ, once voted the “unfriendliest city on the planet.” She talks like Anybodys from West Side Story and everybody from Saturday Night Fever. Her noir/horror/bizarro stories have been published in the coolest places, such as Shotgun HoneyMegazineDark DossierThe Rye Whiskey Review, Under the Boardwalk, and Rock and a Hard Place. She is the editor/art director of Yellow Mama and the art director of Black Petals. She’s published seven collections of short stories. Cindy is a Gemini, a Christian, and an animal rights advocate. 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 2022