Saturday, June 11, 2011
hunger by John Sweet
sitting in a sunfilled room out west
waiting for christ and whatever
excuses he might bring, and i can’t
shake this of
my oldest son’s death
can’t get warm with all of
this poison in my veins
can’t smile without bleeding, can’t
sleep without remembering and
i refuse to let the past exist solely in the past
and what did you do when there was
no one there to kiss the
frost from your fingertips?
how much of your life did you waste
sleeping in the spaces between
the houses of your old lovers?
feels good rolling in the filth and
the dirt for a little while,
but then it’s time to grow up
it’s time to drive west and to
find the room you will grow old in
it’s time to stop dreaming
John Sweet (noun), b. 1968, date of death as yet determined. alternatively confused and confusing. opposed to all organized religions and political ideologies. a major believer in writing as catharsis. recent collections include CONTINUUM (Kendra Steiner Editions) and IN THE PALACE OF DYING LIGHT (Ten Pages Press). A new collection currently in the works, will hopefully see the light of the day before the end of 2011.
Photo by Adam Lawrence.
Street artist unknown.
That Ghost is Ryan Schmale, and he just released his latest album "Songs Out Here."