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Charles Joseph
Myosotis
for Saria Mena

Child, when I saw you I was afraid to touch you,
my hands unworthy of your innocence.

Oh fragile...Infant...Buddha! Your atomic smile
was enough to silence the world.

Now, after all the flowers I remain. Years will pass.
The wreaths and sprays will all be discarded.

But forever in my thoughts,
there will always be

One
              glorious
                                  Forget-me-not.





Rhythm

Keep your strength up,
this song has a maddening rhythm:

the seconds will tick, the hours will click,
and you’ll move each day to a dull symphony
of car horns, box-trucks, menstruating women,
lackluster men, and ringtones.

It’s a square dance without enthusiasm:
'round and 'round in circles you go
until everything looks the same.

So, keep your strength up,
because this song doesn’t end
until you die.




Farewell Canon

I can never tell
when it's time to say farewell,
I tend to linger in the comfort
of a known environment.

(I guess fear makes one cautious
of the world outside the window.
)

Forward, to me,
an uncomfortable direction,
because even broken teeth
have their roots.

But when the skin
no longer covers the animal,
it painfully evolves
or dies.

So now I must evolve,
endure the pain of adjustment,
and never glance back
at my footprints.



Charles Joseph lives and writes deep in the heart of New Jersey. Peppered by a battery of life experiences—good, great, bad, and worse—Charles is the author of NO OUTLET (a novel), five poetry chapbooks, and Chameleon (Omnibus Unum 2012-2016) a collection of poems and short stories that will be released in 2017. His poems, short stories, and creative nonfiction have appeared in various literary journals and online magazines. He's been a featured poet at numerous live poetry events in his area. And he is the founding editor of Indigent Press, a micro press that publishes limited-run twelve poem chapbooks for poets with unique voices. Visit him at www.charlesjosephlit.com.
 

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