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 http://thenightorchid.blogspot.fr and http://nightorchidswork.blogspot.fr.

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Deep Water Literary Journal

2015 - Issue 2 - August

 

 

Welcome

 

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)

Descend

 

S.E. Gale (Australia)

The Reliquary

 

Gary Glauber (USA)

In Philippa’s Hands

Invention

Jeremiad

 

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)

Eurydice

 

Sada Malumfashi (Nigeria)

Petrocalypse

 

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)

bind

bind.

 

Heather Mydosh (USA)

Unsaleable

 

Caleb J. Oakes (USA)

Extended Forms of Hunger

Frown For Me

 

David O’Neill (Ireland)

Decisions in the Dark Room

 

Rachel C. Peters (USA)

Heroin

 

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)

Numbers