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In Such a Place as This, by Jessica Lafortune

In submission on August 7, 2009 at 11:51 pm

even in this godforsaken place
there is stirring evidence of life, like
the frog who came just after the rain
and remains still clinging to the glass
the lizards beating a path to safety
rustling in the grass outside my door
the squirrels giving chase
playing tag recklessly
in the street irrespective of cars
and then there is me alive, barely
running in place depending on the day

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Lunatic by Jessica Lafortune

In submission on May 19, 2009 at 10:30 pm
driving on empty
aimlessly restless
crazy as the full moon
shadowing reflecting
all that I pass
is meaningless
temporal vanity
like a lunatic in the land of
midnight sun
I am alone
vanishing in depravity

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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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