Prior to Departure The old man opens the airport bar at 5 am. He wipes down the bar stools, chops lemons and limes, completes his morning inventory. He subsequently directs his attention to a television screen behind the bar. He is not particularly interested in sports highlights but what are his options? Monitor the departure board? He has witnessed enough departure. ~ Grave Marker I notice one, covered with dirt and leaves which I brush aside with my shoe: Mother, it reads, just Mother. No date of birth, no end date, no first name nor last name . . . Mother. Enough said. ~ Something Like Living Get home unload the groceries take a crap pour a drink check on the kids kiss a spouse answer a phone. Prep dinner eat dinner masturbate. Pay a bill. Sell a car buy a newspaper. Watch The Bachelor. Bury a hamster. Trash cash mash. Flail wail junk mail. Attend a wedding. Book a plot.
Edward Anki’s poetry has appeared in The Feathertale Review, (parenthetical), Qwerty, The Chaffin Journal,and others. A chapbook of his poetry, Remote Life, was published by BareBackPress.