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Coffee Shop by Joseph S. Pete

[tabby title="Poem"] Dairy, soy, oat, cashew, almond, macadamia, rice, quinoa, coconut, hemp.The half-filled cartons were all splayed out at the edge of the cafe counterlike forlorn empties, fallen soldiers amid the detritus of an evening of drunken revelry. The stoop-shouldered...

A Siege of Herons by Joseph S. Pete

[tabby title="Poem"] A siege of herons flaps ominously overhead,beating their broad wings against the cloud-scraped canvass of the pewter-blue sky. The primordial predators soar, scanning the clear waters below,their delicate plumage belying the deadliness of their harpoon-like beaks, the patience...

Preventive Medicine by Joseph S. Pete

[tabby title="Poem"] An apple a day may keep the doctor away,but all fruit rots,inevitably, inexorably, intractably. The fleshy pulp shrivels and shrinks.The juicy meat turns bitter and rancid,whether the finite shelf life last a day or a week. [tabby title="Poet...

Magnetism by Joseph S. Pete

[tabby title="Poem"] When you're young,lust burns like a wildfire,wild and indiscriminate,wayward and incandescent,raging and all-consuming. When you're older,when you've accreted some midsection flab,lust draws you to your yoked partner,connects you with the reliable stabilityof a gift shop magnet plastered to...

Dry January by Joseph S. Pete

[tabby title="Poem"] Dry January, the long detox,the month-long respite for the liver,a ritualistic fast for clean living. Dry January, all a farce.Just theater, charade, a show,yet another empty gesture. You only return to crushinghigh-ABV India Pale Alesfor the next 11...