• John Sweet

John Sweet: Bright Future/No Time


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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

just HOPE AGAINST HOPE on

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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