suburban new jersey blues

sad eyes in my head— 
rhododendron petals fall 
as robins sing songs 

broken shadow

lost wandering confused streets— 
the sun forgot to 
shine on me today

unavoidable outcomes

when everything fails, 
pain settles in like grey smoke 
in the nighttime sky  

i remember

i watch a small child’s balloon 
float towards white clouds— 
i watch a dream die  

About the Author

Tohm Bakelas is a social worker in a psychiatric hospital. He was born in New Jersey, resides there, and will die there. His poems have appeared in numerous journals, zines, and online publications. He has published 13 chapbooks. He runs Between Shadows Press.


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