A Centipede in a Blizzard
Paralyzing tracks in the stacks of snow A centipede in a blizzard Dragging broken legs, frozen and falling off As the wind is full of laughter These shadows have sucked up the kill, my venom Now, the picnics are a funeral My dreamscape is now a graveyard In which you stare to the heavens Sitting by my tombstone You watched me wither like melting butter I am not a saint, but I was washed into purity Yet, you sit as an eternal witch Can you take the falling of the black rubies? Can you drink the toxins from the fruit? Do you feel the long breaths begin to putt… putt…putter? Are friends beginning to suspect you of all these fires, baby? You wake up to a crawling, cold spider dragging to the floor The phone keeps ringing like a haunting stain of air In ways I have always been your skeleton A Strong, calcified soul that you could always see thru Forget your infamous night The prayer for a rebirth A limping leg and a heartbreak of whistling wind The clearing is nearby Forgiveness to pale fires Is rebirth the cure? Evict the liars bell-toll No soul, a rebirth of a savage Watch for the tumbleweed Bio: David L O’Nan is a poet, short story writer, editor living in Newburgh,IN he has lived in Evansville, Indiana, Henderson, KY and New Orleans, LA. He is the editor along with his wife HilLesha for the Poetry & Art Anthologies “Fevers of the Mind Poetry and Art. and has also edited & curated other Anthologies including 2 inspired by Leonard Cohen with original artwork by friend of Leonard’s Geoffrey Wren. He has self-published works under the Fevers of the Mind Press “The Famous Poetry Outlaws are Painting Walls and Whispers” “The Cartoon Diaries” & “New Disease Streets” (2020). A compilation of 4 books “Bending Rivers” a micro poem collection “Lost Reflections” and new book “Before the Bridges Fell” under Cajun Mutt Press. He is a Best of the Net Nominee for his poem “I honored You in Pennyrile Forest” in Icefloe Press. David has had work published in Icefloe Press, Dark Marrow, Truly U, 3 Moon Magazine, Elephants Never, Royal Rose Magazine, Spillwords, Anti-Heroin Chic, Cajun Mutt Press, Punk Noir Magazine, Voices From the Fire, He has interviewed Comedian Paul Gilmartin from Mental Illness Happy Hour Podcast, Brett Siler head of Rebore Records, Ron Sexsmith, Anne Casey, Jessie Lynn McMains, Ron Whitehead, Austin Lucas and more. He has read in public for nearly 20 years in Southern Indiana, Illinois, Nashville, New Orleans & Kentucky. Including tribute nights to John Lennon, Bukowski, Feminist Poets, & Jeff Buckley. His website an be found at www.feversofthemind.com which details info on both upcoming projects & with Anthology submissions info. Twitter is @davidLONan1 and for the book @feversof Join Facebook Group: Fevers of the Mind Poetry & Arts Group . Facebook Author page DavidLONan1 and goodreads page is https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18366060.David_L_O_Nan *just released the book ‘His Poetic Last Whispers’ a combination book of “the Cartoon Diaries” (only available on kindle now) and a few selections from Our Fears in Tunnels and Taking Pictures in the Dark.