“brief nudity/sword manners” by John Franklin Dandridge

brief nudity/sword manners

We don’t need to break the ice.
We only need it to melt.
Fortunately, for me,
I get most what I need.
Unfortunately, very little what I want.
You don’t have to believe in me,
just turn way from your screen.
And try to read my handwriting.

Some of the best ideas,
they happen in the kitchen.
Lets take a field trip, a field trip to the kitchen.
Perhaps we’ll peel an onion.
Perhaps we’ll become cats.
Because most want to become cats.
But a cat can’t write that.

Don’t waste this good opportunity to give something a name.

In my head, I hear a heartbeat. Is that your copy?
You look at the carpet.
For it was only hours ago,
your boyfriend was snapping your photos
as you were breaking up with him.

I was in the promenade, collecting glances.
You gazed at me so far away,
it wasn’t even this century.
That’s when I heard you say
you’re never leaving this century.

Now you’re standing on ceremony.

You don’t want what you want, you just want it.
False muse. You wish you were you. I wish you were you.
Sincerely, I put you on a pedestal.
And now I put you on a pedestal in the cellar.



John Franklin Dandridge received his M.F.A. in Poetry from Columbia College Chicago. His chapbook, Further Down Rd., was published in 2010 by Fast Geek Press. He has poems published in past issues of Callaloo Journal and Former People among others. Franklin lives and writes near the North Pond in Chicago.

Lorette C. Luzajic is an award winning mixed media visual artist and writer in Toronto, Canada. She regularly shows her work in galleries, fairs, events, and journals. She is also the editor of The Ekphrastic Review, a journal devoted exclusively to creative writing inspired by art. www.mixedupmedia.ca

Featured image by Lorette C. Luzajic

Featured image name “A Word to the Wise”

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