Weekly Write: “kneeling in the Public Garden” by Sean William Dever

kneeling in the Public Gardens   grasping my chest   as family’s step around me    as storm clouds  roll in

 

splinter your soul over

spilled milk       broken salt shakers  declaring

armageddon   this world      full of narcissists

self-assuredly    dislocating

shoulders

 

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revel in your     brokenness

or lack thereof    it comes    at once

filling up the bucket       collection

spilling it over     watering the grass

 

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perception lies       the blank slate       acts

nothing more    a marble counter to snort cocaine

invade your consciousness      alien     become more

than yourself    become whole    and eradicate the visage of failure

over hyperboles  tuned     inflated vernacular

 

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why am i any better        eyes fixated

on imperfections       diseases drove  me      cyborg      will

heaven open its gates     for a man        run on batteries

set your bucket down       the storm clouds    rolling in

echo   welcome home, my son

 

 

Sean William Dever is a Boston-based poet currently in his last year of his MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College, where he also attained his BFA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing. He works as an Adjunct Professor at Emerson teaching Intro to College Writing. In addition, he also works as both a Copy Editor and Business Development Associate. His biggest fan is his English Golden Retriever, Rocco.

 

 

 

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Weekly Write: “When Again I Am a Child” by Hollie Ziskind

When Again I Am a Child

I will dance with the boys
as often as possible, music blaring
in bare feet, twisting, twirling
in a blissful sashay of thanks to the universe.
Carried through tangled canals,
winding under mournful bridges
through secret passageways in time,
I will ride in a sleek gondola,
an ever present witness
to the wisdom of the setting sun.

Hollie Ziskind is an AWA-certified writing instructor living in Memphis, Tennessee. She’s the founder of Pen & Portal, an online outlet where people can celebrate shared experiences through the exploration of creative writing prompts. Hollie is a mother, a wife, a celebrator of life and a promoter of kindness.

 

 

 

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