VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Morley Cacoethes

Pebbles of Desolation X

Beechnut gum from my tobacco pouch

dusts these pitiful pulp magazines. Ol’ Morley 

waiting south to read, viewing southward, 

the papers and pencils and the heights 

wilt able in one day. My poor endeavoring 

human desk at which I sit so often during 

the day. I wave to all those snowy majesties.

Pebbles of Desolation XI

So I renege on some in Brooklyn.

The store he’s housed and got stuffed 

curses to see him pulling endangerment, 

her last agreed no more dead already. 

My father is a dream, long said any them, 

pale, he had it pinned to her last agreement, 

her con mainstream in him. I had been 

along to say anything from his bed 

and some confidence to the street.

A gleam in the front goes off in the gray 

darkness of the meat, but Ol’ Morley sees 

his bed sleep and steak cold swirling. 

The meat sheets around bareheaded 

and wants a good stuck to their available.

We had become such a vague ephemeral 

crowd that the down man hoped on our agreement, 

in the night under a loin street. A gleam 

has now completed its time butchering,

thin and pale, but our hands insulted in blue.

Pebbles of Desolation XIII

O haunted fools, we are you! Don’t swim

even a thousand miles away like a living message 

to a long letter. I’m right there. Every minute 

a thousand miles away for weeks. Don’t despair, 

mountains. I’ll take cups of hardships, but I know 

how I shall repay the saffron freezing in bondage.

I know how I shall ever haunt this world left alone, 

swimming to my mother to come from the burning river.

Published by Mike Zone

Mike Zone is the former Editor in Chief of Dumpster Fire Press and managing editor of Concrete Mist Press. The author of Screaming in the End: Poems and Stories, Fuck You: A Fucking Poetry Chap, Shedding Dark Places (almost), One Hell of a Muse , as well as coauthor of The Grind and Razorville. A frequent contributor to Alien Buddha Press and Mad Swirl. His work has been featured in: A Thin Slice of Anxiety, Black Shamrock Magazine, Horror Sleaze Trash, Better Than Starbucks, Piker Press, Punk Noir Magazine, Synchronized Chaos, and Cult Culture magazine.

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