This day’s a latticework

of mists woven by a brazen

wind, damp air shimmering

in sea-silvered gleam before

it is no longer able to bear

the weight of its transformation

and so settles back to earth

in a pool of frosted light and

flickering dust. On such a

day, one might think of

Lazarus who, after four days

entombed, spent another

thirty years adrift upon the

afflicted streets of Bethany,

still waiting on sleep, and,

with all he had witnessed,

remained unwilling to smile

or speak of his time in the

embrace of death, having

come within shouting distance

of heaven only to realize

the true cost of a life saved

was but another taken.



John Muro



A two-time nominee in 2021 for the Pushcart Prize and, more recently, a 2022 nominee for Best of the Net, John is a resident of Connecticut and a lover of all things chocolate. He has published two volumes of poems: In the Lilac Hour and Pastoral Suite in 2020 and 2022, respectively. Both books were published by Antrim House, and both are available on Amazon. John’s poems have been featured in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including Acumen, Ariel Chart, Barnstorm, Euphony, Moria, and Sky Island. Instagram: @johntmuro

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