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The Goddess of Woe

The Goddess of Woe

Observing them from behind the invisible veil,
Cackling over their sin and pain entwined souls,
Twisting their paths back toward the old roles,
Playing with their fate till the last doleful wail.

Following her as she stops by the ancient clock,
Whispering to her words of otherworldly bliss,
Preparing fateful circumstances of the last knock,
Annihilating hope of future with a baneful hiss.

Ripping soulmates asunder is my demonic play,
Giving and taking with insouciant and cruel whim,
Showing the mortals their lives are fragile clay,
Filling their hearts with pain throbbing to the brim.

Delighting in brokenness caused by fickle hearts,
Infusing hope only to shatter it anew with glee,
Trampling dreams of picking up the broken parts,
Wreaking havoc before to other amusements I flee.
Jana Vasilj-Begovic

Writing is a creative outlet for me. My regular job deals with military foreign language training and testing (Department of National Defence of Canada), a field in which I have publishe…

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The Things We Draw on Maps

 
 

There are men who write

where men don’t speak

 
peaceful revolts

which overthrow bloodthirsty kings
 

business men who give undeserved gifts

music in the middle of a battlefield

 
strawberries in the woods

people who meet & understand each other
 

amazing triumphs of love with no strings attached

There are small precarious paradises
 

along the path we walk

on the shore of a wild monstrous sea
 

where it smells like grilled fish

& festive laughter
 

where we play without rules and balance

in unison on large red hammocks
 

where we embrace & lose track of time.

Where we forget with cheerful vehemence

 

Sergio A. Ortiz

  

Sergio A. Ortiz is a two-time Pushcart nominee, a four-time Best of the Web nominee, and 2016 Best of the Net nominee. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Valparaiso Poetry Review, Loch Raven Review, Drunk Monkeys, Algebra Of Owls, Free State Review, and The Paragon Journal.  He is currently working on his first full-length collection of poems, Elephant Graveyard.

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