Drinking, Early Twentieth: A poem by Joe Hess

By Joe Hess

 

Drinking, Early Twentieth

 for Jackie Leven

Ballads and white curves
of smoke marooned

in the afternoon, dank
basement eons pass

the screen watchers
below the city. Their eyes

moisten under a canopy
of heating ducts

as concrete entombs
men into pink, timeless

funeral carnations
devoted to anonymous

graves. At midday,
one ascends the stone

steps for a place under
the Midwestern sky.

He pulls out his wallet
of faded names

and numbers assembled
for that day one might

call them all. And white bars
of heaven keep me from you.


Joe Hess received his MA in Poetry from Miami University and his MFA from Ashland University. You can find his work in Marathon Literary Review, The Ekphrastic Review, Lime Hawk Literary Arts Collective,and in the newly released anthology from Shabda Press entitled Nuclear Impact: Broken Atoms in Our Hands. His personal website has access to more of his publications at: jmhess.ink


Cover art is by Brian Michael Barbeito.

Brian Michael Barbeito is a Canadian writer and photographer. His recent work appears at Fiction International and Baphash Literary and Arts Magazine.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s