Carolyn Krieg   © 2013 All Rights Reserved

the real problem is doubt

resistance is such a strange pantomime
the will pushing a wheelbarrow
full of rocks up a hill before twilight
I donít know where the mind goes

I love a story as much as the next guy
but some of these boulevards
end in unfriendly places
I canít predict much
though I can say with confidence
the starting gun has fired
plotlines are freezing
characters are thawing
maybe Iíll even stumble upon a guarantee
somewhere above the cloud line

I keep saying everything is fuel
when I should be processing spreadsheets
my calculator blazing like haleyís comet
well I say should
I donít know what that means
maybe itís as simple as
the last few hours got the best of me


John Amen
Copyright © 2013  

John Amen is the author of Christening the Dancer, More of Me Disappears, At the Threshold of Alchemy, and The New Arcana (co-written with Daniel Y. Harris). His work has appeared in numerous journals and been translated into Spanish, French, Hungarian, Korean, and Hebrew. He founded and edits Pedestal Magazine.

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