Daily Archives: April 25, 2015


“A Day in the Life of a Writer” by Pete Able

In the morning I neglect the floor
Much, much longer than necessary.
As I examine my face in the bathroom mirror,
I contemplate the lighter side of suicide.

 

Many of my muscles have stopped working prematurely–
Stooping for cereal bowls can be a harrowing experience.
Invariably I find the afternoon over
Just a few brief moments after my day has begun.
I doodle in my notebook for a little while,
I watch the ceiling fan give its performance,
And–poof–it’s over.

 

Once it’s dark I sneak a drink from the kitchen cabinet.
Even though it’s only two or three fingers of tequila,
The woman living here always finds something to say.
She takes offense at me drinking every night.
But I have made a conscious decision to drink every night.

 

Going out for a smoke is the only way I get any fresh air.
Sometimes I walk down the driveway to the street,
Just so I can say I left the house that day.
Oh, and once a week I take out the trash.

 

 

 

 

 

Pete Able studied Creative Writing at Rutgers University. He has published short stories in Tsuki Magazine and Foliate Oak Magazine.


“Strains the Rope” by Diane Webster

The pickup’s camper shell strains the rope
tied across it from fender to fender
to hold the bulging contents to the bed.
Newspapers threaten to spread pages
like giant phoenix wings emerging
from egg shell flung aside.
The front seat packed for the driver only
in form-fitting newspapers, fast-food cups and napkins
lets the old man owner escape beside
the grove of newspaper stands
carefully checking his pockets
of tissues, napkins, store receipts
for metal quarters, dimes, nickels.
The urge to throw litter beside the truck
to see him snatch it like a pack rat
with a prize scurrying to his nest
overwhelms me enough to check my pockets.

 

 

 

 

 

Diane Webster’s goal is to remain open to poetry ideas in everyday life or nature or an overheard phrase and to write from her perspective at the moment. Many nights she falls asleep juggling images to fit into a poem. Her work has appeared in Philadelphia Poets, Illya’s Honey, River Poets Journal and other literary magazines.