2 poems from Tim Heerdink from Fevers of the Mind Press Presents the Poets of 2020 : “Tether” & “What’s Left Over From a Haunting”

for Audrey Marie Louise Heerdink

Drifting out of this reality 	toward the curtain
mainly young 		children and pets can witness,
           I slip into 	                 the gray matter reflected
when you gaze 		into another’s eyes.
 Holding place for 	                    wanderers and thinkers
like me, the genesis of 		meaning beckons
      the living to become 		displaced.

            Astral projection with 		deceased persons
takes more tolls 	than the Bunker Hill
       Memorial Bridge when 		you’ve forgotten
to turn and 	circle back through
        the tunnel of 			lost commuters.

      If it weren’t for 	    the angelic voice
my daughter uses to 			call out
    for daddy, 	      I’d still be floating
off somewhere 			    I don’t belong
      around people 		who desire
claim and 	harm
      if they don’t 			get their way.

What’s Left Over from a Haunting

Enter the shell which
used to be called home
long before you held your baby girl,
after the city
forced a relocation;
an attempt at a new beginning.

This structure,
walls where love lived
while another force sat
dormant at the end of your bed,
watching sleeping occupants
as breath came and went.

For half a decade,
the belief that residual apparitions
after an intervention of biblical measure
found peace like
troubled children
when the tired parent finally notices
they’ve gone missing.

A twelve gauge meant to claim
an entire family
but only took the father
who forgot the first rule
of self-preservation
still resides upstairs
along with the man who knocks
constantly on the plaster.
He’s waiting for his loved ones
to come home.

Bio: Tim Heerdink is the author of Somniloquy & Trauma in the Knottseau Well, The Human Remains, Red Flag and Other Poems, Razed Monuments, Checking Tickets on Oumaumua, Sailing the Edge of Time, I Hear a Siren’s Call, Ghost Map, A Cacophony of Birds in the House of Dread, and short stories, The Tithing of Man and HEA-VEN2. His poems appear in various journals and anthologies. He is the President of Midwest Writers Guild of Evansville, Indiana.

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By davidlonan1

David writes poetry, short stories, and writings that'll make you think or laugh, provoking you to examine images in your mind. To submit poetry, photography, art, please send to feversofthemind@gmail.com. Twitter: @davidLOnan1 + @feversof Facebook: DavidLONan1

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