John Dorsey: “At 45”

At 45

i have no time for rebellion
so i’ll take what comes easily
the sun hanging
over brown grass
like a clenched fist
a broken wine glass
in the sink since february
selling a better story
than any of us
can afford
a wolf spider climbing
a broken down amazon box
like sir edmund hillary
atop some snow covered peak
of desolation & boredom
worn out vinyl
recorded as rain fell on seattle
like the blood of the roman dead
in another lifetime
of raised voices & passionate song
where for a few seconds
we all get to feel young again.

About the Author:
 John Dorsey lived for several years in Toledo, Ohio. He is the author of several collections of poetry, including Teaching the Dead to Sing: The Outlaw’s Prayer (Rose of Sharon Press, 2006), Sodomy is a City in New Jersey (American Mettle Books, 2010), Tombstone Factory, (Epic Rites Press, 2013), Appalachian Frankenstein (GTK Press, 2015) Being the Fire (Tangerine Press, 2016) and Shoot the Messenger (Red Flag Poetry, 2017),Your Daughter’s Country (Blue Horse Press, 2019), Which Way to the River: Selected Poems 2016-2020 (OAC Books, 2020), Afterlife Karaoke (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2021) and Sundown at the Redneck Carnival, (Spartan Press, 2022).. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and the Stanley Hanks Memorial Poetry Prize. He was the winner of the 2019 Terri Award given out at the Poetry Rendezvous. He may be reached at

Image Credit: Chase Dimock “Cactus Patch in Joshua Tree” (2021)

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