Caleb J. Oakes


Frown For Me


My burnt heart thumps

for you tonight, like the boot stomp

of a vagrant, waiting at the door of the only house

he believes

he has a right to enter.


I cannot say that I have been

to hell. There were no signs,

and no photographs. I staggered through

rows of grey months and unpleasant people.

Whatever we may call that.

Death roosted nearby and hunted

small things in my mind, at dusk.


Perhaps here I pass through the customs booth

at the border of hell –

cold house silence deep in a night

without you. Memories, two years

worth of memories to declare, all sharing

your presence as the common thread.

You are the north pole of sadness.

In the water, over Greenland,

magnetic, abandoned, wet and abysmal black,

colder than any word, wincing at the shadow

of every white whale drifting overhead,

cutting the frozen light.

Caleb J. Oakes lives in Central Ohio, and is slightly uncooperative when it comes to talking about himself. He has a B.A. in creative writing from some university. How typical. He is unwilling to go any further in his formal studies because he believes that education is becoming far too industrialized. But that is just his opinion. Most days he looks for a bit of sunshine to sit in as he reads, or a bit of music to jam as he lifts weights in the garage. There's not much to tell. He prefers to be underestimated; appearing as a billow of smoke when he is actually the fire.



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)