Nick Johnson


In the ever   ever dark   mere absolutes
The taken moments sweep the living now
Heartbeat   known and sounding in the ear
Familiar avalanche of the particulars –
Hour glass   seed   rust on the prowl   stitch-
In-time unrehearsed cries for the missing
Blank the stare  no name upon the stone
Full mirror for the face   winked clear and gone

Nick Johnson is co-founder and editor of BigCityLit.com, an online literary magazine. His chapbook, Degrees of Freedom, is available from Bright Hill Press.



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