I Can See 

I see the children
play
innocent on
tricycles
and puppies
trailing
behind 
and mothers
that don’t
work
because day care
cost too
much
and father
toils away
in the factory
while father
toils away
at some
underpaying
fast food
joint
and 
mother says
press those
peddles
     Forward
Marley
   press those 
peddles Forward
the girl sings
the birds sing
my
PTSD flairs
&
my childhood memories
flair 
I close the garage
door
upon her happy
future
& my
unhappy
  past
& the beer
slides
down my 
gullet
as Marley
sings
and my
  garage door
slowly
closes


Poetry by Wayne Russell

*Born and raised in Ardsley, N.Y, lover of the Hudson River and all that surrounds it, Pamela de Benedictis is best known as a local Rivertown’s Street Photographer. Her works have been featured in many restaurants and shops in and around Westchester County, NY. 

Confessions of a Protestant

The phone rings
neon purple / black ravens
are frightened
away
they cower into the confines
of blunting skyline
Like me
they shy away from
humanity
Humans are the most dangerous
animal of all
As if we didn’t already know
my wife slams the door
in disgust
Tomb stones sway laughing
in gallant Springtime 
the phone rings once again
and rattles my bones
The bones of my ancestors
clang a wind chime tune
and soon I join them
another voice silenced by the shrill
cloak of death
St. Michael please deliver me
from my debauchery
Though I am
protestant
I still need thee  

Want

I want to die 
 and as the
others
gasp for
  life
I can’t understand
why this
 lust
for sex
and
    ecstasy
why 
    this
thirst
    for bird’s song
and babies cries 
and this ladder
climbing 
and this corporate
  love song 
and this laughter
  and this
fancy tomb
  stone
 nothing is real
   in this life
but death
 and this
    pain
  

Wayne Russell is a creative writer born and raised in central Florida, he has lived in Scotland and New Zealand, he now resides in Columbus, Ohio with his small family. In March 2016, Wayne launched his very own online creative writing zine, Degenerate Literature

*Pamela de Benedictis