2020 Open Call , Poems - David Appelbaum



The shortest distance

By David Appelbaum

between two
is rejection


a self lags behind
swaddled in shame


it’s natural


jonquils stunned
by frost, drooping heads


the broken wing
tossed from the nest


if there and here
were the same
we all would be winners

the loser’s revenge

a non-story

the hero’s destiny
a commonplace


getting would have
no how


but be part of
the wallpaper


a journey without


life would take forever
while dying
of boredom




David Appelbaum has worked in the university and in publishing, and is an author who specializes in the work of writing. His most recent books include notes on water: an aqueous phenomenology.


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