A Bench Without a Name

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

My core temperature
has dropped
a few points -
Yes - I do allow for
seasonal differences
.../


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End of Shift

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

This is my digging hand
at those exhausted seams
turned dust to dust
in my late soundless hour
.../


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Care of AstroTurf

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

I am to return
to my adopted small-town
of mischievous lies -
laid out unmarked -
landmines left for me
to put my weight upon... /


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Riddled

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

Half a waking aspirin
now taken down
and half a headache -
again - left to take -
but screw her -
with regret .../


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Passing Off

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

Being a matriarch
was propounded as her

Greatest-ever-role

in their first draft
of an online obituary
.../


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Erasers

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

We were not taught
how to erase -
how best to rub out -
how to remove errors -
instead - we were told to
Put a line through it
.../


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Emetics

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

Those mob-mindful
leaders -
your haters -
your righteous orators
have raised
their volume to that
once of The Left .../


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A Fly

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

Their work is a helix
of holding patterns

A vexed blackhead on
a narrowing radar.... /


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Medication Due Notification

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

My medication-taking
app's notification rattles
as if shattered bones
pummeled in a bag
.../


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Our Cemetery of Companions

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

You will allow yourself
to re-settle
into old comforts
on his threadbare sofa... /


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