Walter Ruhlmann


Distorted Echo


So one's life is not enough for you:

the cracks on the skin, the skull full

of those nightmarish visions never ending,

the depictions of obstacles –  we make up most –

sheer mountain tops impossible to climb,

so many portraits of the doomed, the blind, the lost.


The words echo the thoughtful essay

written on the sand, scripted on vellum.

It was read once but thrown away.

Will you give it another chance?

Will you give it another look? A glance maybe,

while she sings in the lounge, again.


Never stop the tickling, its welfare is never dimmed:

it eases all aches, stitches bruises and scars.

Yes it does, and telling about the stumbling

man who revels in ravines, creeks, depths,

all as unfathomable for the sake of the shadows

hiding in them, makes one's life restful enough.

Walter Ruhlmann works as an English teacher in France, edits mgversion2>datura and runs mgv2>publishing. His latest collections are The Loss through Flutter Press, Twelve Times Thirteen through Kind of a Hurricane Press, and Crossing Puddles through Robocup Press, 2015. He  blogs at and



Deep Water Literary Journal

2015 - Issue 2 - August





Elizabeth Bodien (USA)

All Souls' Night


Chanel Brenner (USA)

Back at the El Encanto Twenty Years Later


Claire Vogel Camargo (USA)

Touching the Edge of Darkness


Saddiq Dzukogi (Nigeria)



S.E. Gale (Australia)

The Reliquary


Gary Glauber (USA)

In Philippa’s Hands




Clare Hepworth-Wain (England)

To mark her passing


Strider Marcus Jones (England)

The Two Saltimbanques


Robert S. King (USA)

Inside a Photograph

The Ghosts of Machu Picchu


Steve Klepetar (USA)

almost from the first

If It Comes to That


Ron. Lavalette (USA)



Sada Malumfashi (Nigeria)



Rasmenia Massoud (France)

Ghosts in My Skin

Open Mike Night


Catfish McDaris (USA)

Gone Amazon

Soldier Blues


Pat J Mullan (Ireland)

Mother Perfection


Christine Murray (Ireland)




Heather Mydosh (USA)



Caleb J. Oakes (USA)

Extended Forms of Hunger

Frown For Me


David O’Neill (Ireland)

Decisions in the Dark Room


Rachel C. Peters (USA)



Mark Antony Rossi (USA)

This Ancient City

Transatlantic Transfiguration


Walter Ruhlmann (France)

Distorted Echo

The Lips of the Wolf


John Saunders (Ireland)

Murphy is Out for the Summer


Terry Savoie (USA)

Buttermilk Poem


Larry Schug (USA)

As If We Were Not Brothers


Pepper Swell (USA)

Cold Fury


The Man in the Black Pyjamas (Ireland)