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John Tustin: Stone on Fire

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Art by Bernice Holtzman 2022

STONE ON FIRE

 

by John Tustin

 

Our world is a stone on fire

revolving in agony

for the entertainment of a demented sun.

Our love is a fishless ocean—

vast, desolate,

bridgeless, infinite foamed iniquities.

 

Every pebble on every beach

its own tiny stone of fire.

Every drop in our ocean

its own fetid nation

of gossips and libertines,

insolent slack-jawed charlatans.

 

When the waves hit the beaches,

that is when the stones are quenched;

that is when the stones ignite.
Our bodies pierced;
the sand drenched in blood,

the blood covered in sand.

 

That is when our cities are in shambles,

our forests ablaze,

our dead-zoned ocean

conducting the lightning in the sky—

slick with flames on the surface

and riddled with pestilence below.

 

 

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



Bernice Holtzman’s paintings and collages have appeared in shows at various venues in Manhattan, including the Back Fence in Greenwich Village, the Producer’s Club, the Black Door Gallery on W. 26th St., and one other place she can’t remember, but it was in a basement, and she was well received.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2022