Deep in the Canyon

Deep in the Canyon


There are only so many fingers

you can hold up to remind me.

Life was one big emergency then.

Harsh fluorescent lights

seeped through sadness,

illuminating deserted items

that littered the landscape

of two hearts gone awry

& further, why.

We had mistaken time

for opportunity, a frenetic

chase from absence to alibi,

a convenient arrangement

that benefited none,

& was suddenly done.

Three thousand miles,

the plaintive cry of

jilted lovers, stipulations

of bitterness as vanity,

& you claim insanity.

The rollercoaster climbs slowly,

but oh that drop soon arrives,

takes your breath away.

Begging for leniency,

pleas & thank you, indecency.

A faded photo you

show nosy neighbors

when and if they show.

It’s a lonely life now

exploring the hollows

& all that soon follows.



Gary Glauber


Gary Glauber is a poet, fiction writer, teacher, and former music journalist.  His works have received multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominations. He champions the underdog to the melodic rhythms of obscure power pop. His two collections, Small Consolations (Aldrich Press) and Worth the Candle (Five Oaks Press) and a chapbook Memory Marries Desire (Finishing Line Press) are available through Amazon.

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