Tuesday, February 24, 2015

John Jay Flicker - One Poem

The Business of Being Introverted
All modes of thought become wall flowers
beating to the quiet rhythm of the dulcimer
in a melody of pine and aerosol
Composure through an immodest retreat
peeling off the side walk scabs
all mortality in the Achilles’ heel
Pity is best given in care packages
wrapped in the scent of camphor
and tasseled in the hickory root
The commands come from timbre
the hidden meaning in the voice
Vaudeville and modes of humiliation
Grape withheld by the wrathful deity
the Stygian reflections of a last chapter
in a pantry filled with bitter fruit
Choice becomes the only modicum of composure
when the delicacy of friends goes away
and walks into an apex of solitary reading
John Jay Flicker has previously published poetry in Haggard & Halloo, Egg Poetry, Carcinogenic Poetry and LabLit Publications. He currently works in the veterinary industry as a doctor’s assistant and holds a bachelor’s degree in molecular and cell biology from the University of California Merced.

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