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Michael Keshigian: Thief

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Art by Cindy Rosmus and Ann Marie Rhiel 2023

THIEF

 

by Michael Keshigian

 

Two days ago

the sun caught me stealing light

to illuminate a poem,

 

demanded restitution,

then reported me to Mother Nature

who posted my likeness about the land.

 

Soon, the ocean, forest, birds, flowers, et al.

filed suit for substantial abuse

and complacent philandering without permission.

 

I pleaded guilty;

admitted taking breath from wind

for deliverance,

 

marshmallows from the sky to sweeten song,

and rage from the ocean

to instill a sense of urgency.

 

Convicted and confined to a windowless room

no writing, visitation

or glimpses of stolen sights,

 

I was sentenced to imagine beauty

without embezzlement

and the wholesale exploitation of words.

 

 

 

Michael Keshigian is the author of 14 poetry collections. His most recent poems have appeared in The Comstock Review, Blue Pepper, California Quarterly, Misfit Magazine, and Tipton Poetry Journal. He has been published in numerous national and international journals and has appeared as feature writer in twenty publications with 7 Pushcart Prize and 3 Best Of The Net nominations. 

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 Bleachers, 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 branched out into photo illustration.



Ann Marie Rhiel was the Assistant Art Director for Yellow Mama Webzine. She was born and raised in Bronx, New York, and lived in New Jersey. She reconnected with her passion for art in 2016 and had her work exhibited in art galleries around northern New Jersey ever since. She was a commissioned painting artist, who also enjoyed photography. Her work also appeared in Black Petals and Megazine Official.

Sadly, Ann Marie passed away in January, 2023...




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