Mark William Jackson’s work has appeared in various print and online journals including; Best Australian Poems 2011, Popshot (UK), Going Down Swinging, Cordite, Rabbit Poetry Journal and SpeedPoets. For more information visit http://markwmjackson.com.
This poem appears in Issue Nine of the journal. Please support our work and buy a copy today.
Another dream of “normal” life,
the morning takes a knife &
plunges it into a weakened soul,
waits until time sears the pain & then
wraps it in a plastic bag of pregnant desires.
The bingo caller’s lost his voice,
numbers fall to the floor, & are
left to roll around while the players panic,
clutching cards to their chests,
under house/cardiac arrest.
Sleep & the day becomes another,
dread falls like a midnight phone call—
did you remember to leave an
out of body message now you’re a
thousand sighs from home?
maybe you should call home,
to save some embarrassment of absence,
find out if someone’s fed the elephant in the room,
and watered down the dandelion wine,
(be responsible, man). No,
instead you eat a cancer sandwich
& sit on the side of the road
while cars race past
and a voice in your head screams