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John Sweet: Bright Future/No Time

Image: Unsplash, downloaded (23.5.2021.)

a stopped clock

wanted to be the one to

paint christ as a sleeping tiger and i

wanted to be the one to

prophesy his defeat

wanted to laugh when my mother

called with the news of my father’s

death, but i couldn’t get

enough air

couldn’t remember ever having

seen you in winter and

you were so fucking beautiful and

we were so goddamn high

were just a handful of

meaningless words carved across

the back of some anonymous

college lover


the stereo while the neighbors locked

their daughter in the closet

while the choices for a

brighter future all ran dry

About the Author: John Sweet sends greetings from the rural wastelands of upstate NY. His latest poetry collections include A FLAG ON FIRE IS A SONG OF HOPE (2019 Scars Publications) and A DEAD MAN, EITHER WAY (2020 Kung Fu Treachery Press).



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