The Cleave Poetry Webzine [ISSN: 1758-9223]

Floating Hope by Jessica Lafortune

In submission on May 7, 2009 at 9:11 pm
between living for them and
carving out a niche of my own
lies elusive balance
between birth and death
past and future lies
living in the present now
I struggle to find joy
in the mundane tame the angst within
running around the paddle wheel
maintaining serene, clean
days decaying hours trapped
like a fish behind glass
a dead man floating hope
martyred for the pleasure of others

Jessica Lafortune lives in Florida, loved by humans and canines who (barely) tolerate her obsessive reading and writing habits. Her current fantasy involves living on an island in the Pacific Northwest, reading and writing to her heart’s content, supported by lottery winnings. Until then, she can be found substitute teaching, writing poetry, playing blackjack, and loving well those who know her best and keep coming back for more. Her poems can be found in Amaze, Simply Haiku and Babel Fruit.

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