Middle Roadkill

Middle Roadkill


the middle

is the twist

in my sobriety


the center

is the dagger

in my diaphragm


the fence

sits between the dog

and the fire hydrant


And the yellow

splashing your face

is not acid rain


is not lemonade

it’s the sum of

your sorry existence


Mark Antony Rossi


Mark Antony Rossi is a poet, playwright and host of the literary podcast "Strength To Be Human" show link

His most recent poetry, fiction and nonfiction are published by Ariel Chart, Bombfire and Indian Periodical.


  1. I had to read this several times. The is a powerful poem and hits the reader hard in the final line. Is it talking about being benign when one needs to take a stance, one might as well not even exist?

  2. i agree, Jill, this poem is pushing the shy to rise up and be counted. we live in a day of global disease and local stupidity. It is time to stand up.

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