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 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