a line up
(Matthew Borczon is a Writer from Erie, Pennsylvania USA. He is a veteran Diagnosed with PTSD from his time working in a combat Hospital in Afghanistan)
I once saw Deerhunter at Beachland Ballroom
People say, Cleveland is a dead city.
And I was Cleveland that day. Hammered, windy, and
down with few bottles of post-industrial depression.
Bradfox Cox was ugly, and he was wearing
a free Resse's tee shirt. I loved their ambient drift;
psychedelic, hydraulic and
entangled in layers like the long hair of an oriental monk.
Sound is a truth on its own right
and it surely represents nothing; I had a long
enlightening sigh. On the way back, boom! Our car hit
a deer on expressway. Beer and blood, loneliness
and snow; spilled all over.
Hitting a deer after the Deerhunter's show,
ain't it something? A special case
of synchronicity, depth psychologists might think.
Mr. Carl Jung! Sir please? Did I need to go see a shrink that day?
( Sudeep Adhikari is an Engineer, Lecturer and Poet from Kathmandu, Nepal)
It is not
a new nightmare
but closely knit variations
all ravelled into the same
lonely wet experience
flashes of horror
more real than any waking
over and over
so that you curl up
like a child
and drool at the
telling the missus you
got some sleep
because it is no help
when she has to work first thing
in the morning.
(Ryan Quinn Flanagan is a Canada based poet)
The fear inside
like an untamed wolf,
takes my peace
and the faith that sustains me
when the winter has run out.
I fear tomorrow,
the shape of this ‘till death.
I fear the dream never arriving
and the struggle of survival
being continuous, like a tapeworm
that digests all good things
into its spineless white.
I try to leave this fear and hold
the stronger branch, but it returns
in waves panicked and weary, returns
to take my heart into its circle, cradle
me there like a treasure.
And the path is clear, the path is letting go,
letting in a much brighter trust, brighter still
when all lights are turned out.
(Allison Grayhurst is a poet based in Toronto, Canada; www.allisongrayhurst.com )
The Beautiful Space-