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Creative Writing Ink September 2018 Winner

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

Happy Birthday

William Lythgoe

 

Birthday,

wedding day,

death day.

Trying to tame

the torrent – to make

the sound and fury

signify something.

 

Gestation,

procreation,

A rainbow arches

to the whirlpool below.

You cannot know

your destination

 

so let the wine flow.

Lose control

and merge

with the one who makes you whole.

Don’t cling to the world

as your life bleeds past

your last birthday

 

but drift

with the stream

that will bear you

again

into

the endless

ocean.

 

August 2018 Winner

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

A modest crucifixion 

Millicent Stott

I saw Jesus crucified on a lamppost,

rosebud lips painted rouge.

Rotting pink petals and cigarettes

adorned the soggy pavement

by his bloody feet.

The savage decadence of those

unkempt seams of skin shimmered

playfully against the edge of that Tuesday night,

Heat haze.

Cheap neon glamour,

his leopard print glitz,

black eye,

the scene lit strangely before me

like a mirage.

Blood and dirt underneath his

fingernails.

He wore that string of pearls as though

to keep the white skin of his neck

intact,

a set of tacky rings each with assorted

stones.

Made up quite nicely, of course,

but an odd sight to behold

outside the post office,

crown, nails, lashes and all.