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.
Deep Water Literary Journal
2015 - Issue 2 - August
Elizabeth Bodien (USA)
Chanel Brenner (USA)
Claire Vogel Camargo (USA)
Saddiq Dzukogi (Nigeria)
S.E. Gale (Australia)
Gary Glauber (USA)
Clare Hepworth-Wain (England)
Strider Marcus Jones (England)
Robert S. King (USA)
Steve Klepetar (USA)
Ron. Lavalette (USA)
Sada Malumfashi (Nigeria)
Rasmenia Massoud (France)
Catfish McDaris (USA)
Pat J Mullan (Ireland)
Christine Murray (Ireland)
Heather Mydosh (USA)
Caleb J. Oakes (USA)
David O’Neill (Ireland)
Rachel C. Peters (USA)
Mark Antony Rossi (USA)
Walter Ruhlmann (France)
John Saunders (Ireland)
Terry Savoie (USA)
Larry Schug (USA)
Pepper Swell (USA)
The Man in the Black Pyjamas (Ireland)