One Foot Free, One Foot Caught

By John Sweet


a blind man painting

the face of god


a fist


flesh and bone and

bottomless blue sky, and

what exactly are we getting at here?


sex and depression,


and sometimes together


sometimes the wrong pills


a song on the radio carrying

too much weight and

we are always moving towards the future and

we are always being dragged down

by the past


we are always fucking

the wrong ghosts


i am never sorry enough

for the pain i cause


it always arrives with

the promise of more


John Sweet sends greetings from the rural wastelands of upstate NY. He is a firm believer in writing as catharsis, and in the continuous search for an unattainable and constantly evolving absolute truth. His latest poetry collections include Heathen Tongue (2018) with Kendra Steiner Editions and A Flag on Fire is a Song of Hope (2019) with Scars Publications.

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