Two poems by Mickey J. Corrigan

Sea Change

When the red moon rises
and tides rip the shoreline
pukka shells are cast
black pods and debris
swept in with African winds,
only then
should you go out,
walk to the bar
barefoot
long hair in your eyes
long bone in your fist
thighs rubbing like coins
wide hips that sway
like a ship on a wave

so he won’t miss you
nobody will miss you

not the boys in flowered board shorts
lean frames in low doorways,
the drunks in dirty sandals
asleep on slatted benches,
brown kids shirtless, on skateboards,
school girls half naked
watching through hooded eyes.

Let them all see you
emerge from the darkness
an eclipse, a sun splash
on sidewalks still warm
from the day, their hard feet
the life that stretches out
before them to the ocean
because now
you are full
of outcast light
this world another dream
your lure going deeper,
your last bright buoy
silver flask at your lips.

 
Happy Lastday

You make a map of your death
so you have something
to leave
your children.

You’ve decided to slip
into something
more comfortable.

You become the long silence,
you are the creator
of that silence.

Your arms crisscross
over your severed chest
like spoons on a dessert dish
after dining is done.

Your see your death
as a flat state
all plains, tall weeds
you drive through
on your way elsewhere.

You wear engraved stone
draped over bones, ash.

You make it look good.

Dead is the new sixty.
Sixty is the new black.

You may get past it
but you’ll never

be the same.

 

Originally from Boston, Mickey J. Corrigan lives in South Florida. She writes hard-boiled pulp fiction from a female point of view. Her novellas and novels have been released by publishers in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia. Poetry chapbooks include The Art of Bars (Finishing Line Press, 2016) and Days’ End (Main Street Rag, 2017). Project XX, a crime novel, was published last year by Salt Publishing in the UK.

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