Monday, August 25, 2014


The Deserted Amusement
with a nod to William Carlos Williams
Forgetting is a kind
        of choice, although
                it occurs in the dimness
of an aniline past.
        It is like standing interjurisdictional
                between Juarez
and El Paso, two choices
        with a third,
               the water below.
Flossie is on one side,
        floozies the other.
                That which we were meant
to suffer we already have, and those miseries
       have been witnessed
               by the vulgar moon
as was the crooked flower
        which calls this climate
               its own.
If a man chooses according to his need,
        he will not choose.
                Rather he will sit
        with a margarita and think
                of music, of home, saddening New Jersey.

by Jerry Bradley
in Volume 3 Issue 1

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