A Poetry Showcase from Tohm Bakelas

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a love poem for no one

the two of us 
on separate riverbanks 
watching fireflies in the mist, 
just beacons of lost time 
in the black night, 
feeling our molecules mend 
and bend knowing fully well 
hands will never touch, 
yet somewhere in the night 
somehow in the night, 
we are together, 
and nobody knows,
nobody knows 

fortune's rocks

the moon 
is a smooth 
stone that i tossed 
into the ocean, 
it skipped
four times 
then sank.
i threw my body
into the ocean,
it said no and 
spit me out. 


look at you, 
sitting in the 
dust and darkness 
of your own private tomb, 

wishing for better days
knowing nothing lies ahead
and all things from the past
were a farce

as for me?
i chase the sun 
for a change
and smile 
that strangers
comment on
my teeth

just know i am in love,
please, pray it lasts. 

thursday thoughts

teetering on the edge of 
boredom and suicide

i looked out the window and 
saw the moon taunting me 
from the tarry sky

“what the fuck do you want!?” i shouted
but the moon said nothing

and so i just sat there on the bed,
teetering on the edge of 
boredom and suicide,
while the moon fucked with me 
and my cat cried for more food

someday when they find my corpse
they’ll take all my poems and
drown them in the bathtub. 

every wednesday

i walk the stars at dawnbreak
just to catch the sun in your eyes
& grasp the dark between each star 
& attempt to construct your smile
with constellations in the fading twilight
before the sun sends the stars away,
before the sun sends it all away

Bio: Tohm Bakelas is a social worker in a psychiatric hospital. He was born in New Jersey, resides there, and will die there. His poems have appeared in numerous journals, zines, and online publications. He has published 18 chapbooks and 2 collections of poetry. His forthcoming collection “The Ants Crawl In Circles” will be published by Whiskey City Press in Summer 2022. He runs Between Shadows Press.  

- Tohm.  
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