take your time, while stealing mine by John Sweet

take your time, while stealing mine


finally in the good heat
in pure waves of sunlight
                       of renewed hope
where our talk of escape seems like
something more than lies and
self-delusion

forget pollock

forget the jumper and
the children he leaves behind

the woman who watches him fall

imagine yourself rising up above
the need for hatred and war

not blind but blinding

brilliant above the rooftops and the
hills and without the fear of
bursting into flames

without the fear of
coming down too soon


without any fear at all


John Sweet sends greetings from the rural wastelands of upstate NY.  He is a firm believer in writing as catharsis, and in the continuous search for an unattainable and constantly evolving absolute truth. His latest poetry collections include HEATHEN TONGUE (2018 Kendra Steiner Editions) and BASTARD FAITH (2017 Scars Publications).

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