Two Poems

painting, for d.

venus in a
twilight sky over houses
on fire invisibly and nowhere
near the ocean

dark rooms without
human voices

stood in one of them and
told you i loved you and it
only added to the silence

only made the stars
that much colder



if hope is the ghost

had nothing and i held it
close like anyone would

had the suicide’s number,
had her name, had
a letter that she’d signed
with love…

seven pages long and it
didn’t tell me how to
save her, so it didn’t
really tell me anything
at all

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John Sweet sends greetings from the rural wastelands of upstate NY. He is a firm believer in writing as catharsis, and in the continuous search for an unattainable and constantly evolving absolute truth. His latest poetry collections include A FLAG ON FIRE IS A SONG OF HOPE (2019 Scars Publications) and A DEAD MAN, EITHER WAY (2020 Kung Fu Treachery Press).
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