|Issue 2:||March 2020|
|Poem:||238 words [R]|
of colon cancer, I called him into my garage from his daily walk past our house. “Come see our new baby!” He edged in shyly because everyone on our street had seen him drunk, swerving on his bicycle because he got his fourth DUI and could not drive anymore. One afternoon he crashed his bike on the corner next to the azalea bush and just basked there for hours. The police were called. He would get sober, bring smoked gouda and salmon to our door, give me advice on how to recover my dead lawn. Rake out the loam, pull out the layers of diseased flesh, reseed in April after the risk of frost and the promise of rain. Then weeks later he would ramble over and his liquid mouth would chew some words like “fuck it, she’s pissed I’m drinking again.” But today he floated slowly to the window where my boy whimpered in the car seat and let loose an “Awww, congratulations! I’ll bring you some sockeye I’m about to smoke.” His skin white like the light was already spilling out of his body, his motions cartoonish like a ghost pretending to walk. The ambulance and the police whirled red and blue two days later. I don’t judge him for his drinking, or if that caused his intestines to grow layers of loam over the sorry and sorry and sorry.
—Posted by the poet to his Facebook page on 12 March 2020, and appears here with his permission
helps our veterans heal, as an RN. In previous lives he taught high school and practiced acupuncture. He has recent writing in Cultural Weekly, KYSO Flash, Noble/Gas Qtrly, Slippery Elm, and Swimming with Elephants, among others. His first collection, The only thing that makes sense is to grow, was published by Moon Tide Press in December 2019.
Poet’s website: https://ferrypoetry.com
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