Ah, the joys of intrusive thoughts…

Snug as a Gun

Relatively often, apropos of nothing,
the fact of my death launches itself
through my brain. A hard word-capsule
propels through the pinkish folds, moving
like a bullet through gelatinous liver,
parting the flesh of cerebral cortex
on its long journey to my brain-stem,
the blood-fed basal root where body joins soul.

I have to let it out, somehow,
allow it to pass, allow it some damage,
a bow-wave, anything to get through
this moment when facts are not made of words.

Death shoots from my mouth
while I’m chopping my salad.
Bad aim; it surfaces where my husband
can hear from his perch on the mind-colored couch.

Meant for me, it injures him;
morethan a little superfluous bleeding.
A trigger, compressed, compulsive,
launches towards his heart.


About Bethany W Pope

Bethany W Pope is an award winning author of the LBA, and a finalist for the Faulkner-Wisdom Awards. Her work was listed for the Cinnamon Press Novel Competition. She received her PhD from Aberystwyth University’s Creative Writing program. Her first poetry collection, A Radiance was published by Cultured Llama Press in June. Her second collection, Persephone in the Underworld has been accepted by Rufus Books and shall be released in 2016. Her work has appeared in: Anon, Art Times, Ampersand, Blue Tattoo, Sentinel Quarterly, The Delinquent, De/Tached (an anthology released by Parthian), The Writer’s Hub, New Welsh Review, Every Day Poems, And Other Poems, Sentinel Literary Quarterly, Magma, Words & Music, The Quarterly Conversation, Tears in the Fence, Ink, Sweat and Tears and Planet. Her work is due to appear in the next issues of Poetry Review Salzburg, Acumen, Pacific Poetry , Music& Literature, Anon, and The Screech Owl.

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