The coterie of insiders
meets as though in divination,
trustees invoking corporate spirits
for some economic deus ex machina.
Their legerdemain is swift, skilled, subtle,
in marked contrast with the crude bombast
of the smiling CEO’s confident message,
oversized yet simplified for the hungry masses.
They hide the bones of their conquests
in a cherry wood paneled charnel house,
and only the dust of decimation hints at
what has occurred. The sleight of hand is
anything but slight, as the mighty win again.
Those that have continue to get;
a relative constant Einstein failed to mention.
The trickle down, a soft rain as nature intended,
is expected but never arrives.
The rest go on dreaming, seeking to slake the thirst
to survive, parched and persistent, working
three jobs to make ends meet in this pretzel existence.
Wallowing in the opal moonlight, twisted phantoms
seek reparation, restitution, belated justice
in a harvest that proves barren fiction at best.
They follow rivers, battling currents,
bones fighting to remain connected to life.
Gary Glauber is a poet, fiction writer, and teacher, living in Bedford, New York. This April he took part in Found Poetry Review’s PoMoSco project. Recent poems are published or forthcoming in Blue Heron Review, Crab Fat Literary Magazine, Pilgrimage Magazine, West Trade Review, Silver Birch Press, Blast Furnace, Calliope Magazine, The Bookends Review, Typoetic.us, The Legendary, Xanadu, and Think Journal. He is a champion of the underdog, who often composes to an obscure power pop soundtrack. His first collection, Small Consolations, is due out in Summer 2015 from The Aldrich Press. A chapbook entitled Memory Marries Desire (Finishing Line Press) will be available this fall.
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)