I contributed my own poem about sadness to the issue, "I Can't Explain Love or Loss if the Only Language I Have is Geology or What I Watch on YouTube." It was sparked by my unexpected sadness over finding out that a couple I used to watch on YouTube has long since broken up.
"I must / still look for / him. My constant / resentment. / Unrequited."
"Beyond the scarred surface, I saw the bones of the Moon, / the geology of a crime. He would not speak of it."
"Little girls in white dresses skipping rope / & chanting singsong in slow motion we stole / from an 80’s horror film."
"I drove Pacific Northwest November numb / through trees like tall green drifts to the ocean / seething with chaos."
"Lava, perfectly happy to flow / like water smoothly around / obstructions"
"Aliens are here"
In the 2019 Shadow Award from The Molotov Cocktail, one of my entries landed me on the short list.
"Teenagers / grip their friends / to hold off the fact / of a classmate’s death."
"I watch light flicker under the bathroom door. / I watch the clock. / I watch one foot with a sock on jealous of the other."
"Divert the river from the ocean! / Divert the stream from river, / from lake. Divert the rain / from ground, / from rooftop, / from cloud."
"the lizard / in the bathroom / where I left it alone / now dead" "I knew not to reach for your back without rectangle welder’s glass."
"To see a man / My man / Invisible man / I plan accidentally to / meet every day"
”I’m dazzled by headlights / while flaming forest fire sits / smug on my couch under my roof / smoking up his coming out to me / like its air itself. He told me over the phone. / He’s here now. I pull from the breast / pocket of my work shirt a folded list / of questions I wrote.”
"I’ve seen the eclipse already. / I’ve seen how it begins: / the radiant sun, the vanished / moon. See how they are going / to collide, the many decisions / the moon made, the sun in its / place and bright and not waiting, / but willing."
"The thing crafted from fabric and plaster, / more pile of dirt and wet cardboard / than realistic human skeleton, lies / under glass in a white cinderblock / coffin elevated over the concrete floor / in the last of three corrugated steel sheds / at the roadside attraction."
"Condemn / Condemn / when necessary / Condemn / Condemn white supremacists kkk nazis / whatever name gone by Condemn / always"
"human / civilised the most popular sound"