Quotations 1. As a boy in a small village In the shadow of a short mountain I asked an old man The very oldest I knew Why the world is the way it is. He told me, “It was always like this. Even on the first day.” 2. An insomniac friend confided, “I fall asleep quickly if someone Is watching, attentively. That’s the only thing That works. My first wife Thought it sweet for A few years.” 3. One woman to another In a check-out grocery line: “I don’t know what he wants From me, except That one thing. Lately, I think His heart is a fist.” 4. After a few drinks Talk turns to Nightmares. Recent ones with dog teeth. Childhood ones which never left. “Some dreams wake me up When credits roll at the end.” 5. “I’m afraid,” she says, “I’m always afraid. I think about Calling on angels for help. Then I remember I don’t know one angel’s name.”
About the Author: Mike James makes his home outside Nashville, Tennessee. He has published in numerous magazines, large and small, throughout the country. His poetry collections include: Leftover Distances (Luchador), Parades (Alien Buddha), Jumping Drawbridges in Technicolor (Blue Horse), and Crows in the Jukebox (Bottom Dog.) In April, Red Hawk published his 20th collection, Portable Light: Poems 1991-2021.
Image Credit: Chase Dimock “Cholla Garden” (2021)