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  November 2019
volume 16 number 2
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Michael Dwayne Smith November 2019
   

 

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    Michael Dwayne Smith is most recently author of the poetry collection Roadside Epiphanies. Nominated multiple times for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net, his work haunts hundreds of literary houses--such as The Cortland Review, New World Writing, Star 82 Review, Blue Fifth Review, Gravel, Word Riot, San Pedro River Review, Chiron Review--and has been widely anthologized. He lives near a Mojave Desert ghost town with his family and rescued animals.

   

 

Counterweight

He doesn’t know.
His friend writes a book to him,
names it Wounded Bear,
            each poem a soft bullet through the paunch.
The Bear asleep beneath his assumptions.
The Bear dreaming of an escape, in the name of Love.
But, he doesn’t know.
This is a friend with a secret he can never believe,
            in the endogenous winter
            behind the heart’s lodge,
            snow-glowered,
birds of the wood warbling the cantata of dark animals.
Who is it keening over a Wounded Bear.
A friend.
She writes in a letter:           
           
        counterweight to a vast, sad, damned world.

copyright 2019 Michael Dwayne Smith