Walter Ruhlmann


The Lips of the Wolf


So this is it!

That's how the promise once made ends up like:

never leave me this way, I will never abandon you.

No one is innocent: drugs taken, acid swallowed,

gulped down a throat now enjoying the taste of

myrrh inside it when on the verge of the thorn

the nectar erupts from inside and bathes the lips

of the wolf.


The lips of the wolf

wool, silk, angora, cashmere, leather is rough to wear

where lips touch, caress, nuzzle, rub, nestle, massage

wet parts of the face imagined and fantasized upon

for so long. He does not answer the calls, the promise

shared, listened, uttered so many times in such short

terms, from the nineties to the now, where they sleep

all day long.


They sleep all day long

because cigarettes full of grass are smoked, the poison

inhaled and breathed in, do you remember those dragons

breathing fire on your face, not so long ago? Time escapes

the pleasure. Never make promises you cannot hold

for good, for real, what is true, truth is not a calm sea,

rather a sheer monster devouring quietness, regaling

on soft skins.

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)