I STAND by Joe Volpe

I stand (a flower

dripping rain off petals

to roots


as we hang the man who

built the gallows, and


I bite my fist to save

my tongue) an emotional


amputee, sifting the sky

for someone to rely on

or at least someone

to blame stopped


in the middle of the street,

brain tangled

like cold sheets


like a gravestone

feeling gloriously temporary.


Joe Volpe Author

Joe Volpe is a middle school English teacher in the Greater Boston area. Originally from Upstate New York, he attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts where he studied English with a concentration in Creative Writing and Poetry. His work has been selected for publication in Meat for Tea: The Valley Review, The Finger, Border Crossing, Thirty West Publishing’s Tilde, and Cathexis Northwest Press, among others.

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