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  April 2019
volume 16 number 1
-table of contents-
  contributing poets
  Michelle Angelini
  luis cuauhtemoc berriozabal
  Jack G. Bowman
  Lynne Bronstein
  Deborah Edler Brown
  Anna Cates
  Beverly M. Collins
  Chella Courington
  David Flynn
  Paul Hellweg
  Glenn Ingersoll
  Scott C. Kaestner
  lalo kikiriki
  John Leonard
  Cynthia Linville
  Marieta Maglas
  Xavier McIves
  Scott Thomas Outlar
  bc petrakos
  Diana Rosen
  Walter Ruhlmann
  David Scriven
  Megha Sood
  Terrence Sykes
  Perry Terrell
  Tim Tipton
  Davide Trame
  Roman Tunkel
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Walter Ruhlmann
April 2019



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    Walter Ruhlmann works as an English teacher, edits Datura, and Beakful and Urtica. He has published twenty-four chapbooks and poetry collections both in French and English, and hundreds of poems worldwide. His blogs and
Night Orchid




He sands in the sunshine,
wet and dripping,
his skin tanning,
probably with images
billowing out in his head.
Jobless, harmed, down,
you once thought he was made of plastic
for he never complains when he hurts himself.
Now you know invisible bruises stained him
They marked his brain,
tainted his will,
spotted his bravery,
soiled his strength.

Still, he sands in the sunshine,
hard-working man,
penniless, he can only counts
on you for his sustainment,
sustenance, subsistence,
the food in his plate,
the clothes on his back,
still aching – insatiably.
No violin, no pipe,
no top hat, no red beard,
no pot of shining coins,
just a sander
to work the match box
he will be buried in.

copyright 2019 Walter Ruhlmann