John Sweet – 2 poems




Walk into the room

looking for a way to leave


My history was never as

violent as yours, but it’s not

like I’m going to apologize


Christ isn’t a solution,

obviously, but

a riddle


look at it from every angle


Why would a man choose

to murder his own child?


How much sunlight can a

beautiful woman hold

in her cupped hands?


It’s not answers any of us

are after here, but praise.




The song of love



or something for all the murdered waitresses,

all the suicides and the missing ones,

all the kids they put up for adoption in the summer of ‘92


something for the streets that

end at graveyards


for the town that floods while we sleep and it’s

nice thinking I’ve escaped my past even

when the reality is always more complicated


it’s the last day of

whatever season my father died in


crows at the foot of every cross and

along the edges of the interstate and always the

shadows of collapsing barns


always blinding sunlight and the absence of heat


the names we forget and

the bodies we can’t seem to


the faces that are never happy to see us


voices that tell us to come in

but never anyone willing to offer us

something to stop the bleeding.





John sweet, b 1968, still numbered among the living.  A believer in writing as catharsis.  An optimistic pessimist.  Opposed to all organized religion and political parties.  Avoids zealots and social media whenever possible.  His latest collections include APPROXIMATE WILDERNESS (2016 Flutter Press) and BASTARD FAITH (2017 Scars Publications).  All pertinent facts about his life are buried somewhere in his writing.

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