Yellow daisies bought for mourning will last another week.
A tangerine candle burns near them, adds warmth.
Wheat in Van Gogh’s painting glows molten afternoon sun.
A Prussian-blue sky glowers while crows beat time.
Ravens are absent this white morning, sun glaring cold light.
A medivac helicopter breaks my silence and leaves.
Black soil, wet as fresh concrete, sets between storms.
Bright shoots of winter grass push between stones.
Guided Rachael to the toilet, facing me, arms round my neck.
I said this was practice for Dancing with the Stars.
is a Los Angeles-based writer and photographer with an MFA from California State
University, Long Beach. His work has appeared in San Pedro Poetry Review,
Synkroniciti, West Texas Literary Review, Gleam: Journal of the Cadralor,
MacQueen’s Quinterly, and other publications. His second poetry chapbook,
Beneath a Glazed Shimmer, won the 2019 Clockwise Chapbook Prize and was
published in February 2021 by Tebor Bach.
Lawful and Proper, poem by Jonathan Yungkans in Rise Up
Review (Fall 2020)
Cadralor in the Key of F-Sharp as It Cuts into My Spine in
the inaugural issue of Gleam (Fall 2020)
I’d Love to Cook Like Hannibal Lecter [video], read
by the poet at an event sponsored by Moon Tide Press (10 October 2019) celebrating
the anthology Dark Ink: A Poetry Anthology Inspired by Horror
⚡ Saving the Patient, poem in The Voices Project
(18 January 2018)