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Poem by Heath Brougher / Art by Marie Massey

Updated: Nov 18, 2020

detail of Carmel Splash, by Marie Massey

(Image: detail of Carmel Splash, by Marie Massey)

Still Here

(by Heath Brougher)

Landscape mostly the same

as before, maybe a little

less bright, less full of Life,

however my body

now five years rotted, soaked in

a cup of inertia for that period of time.

Nearly nonexistent,

I am still among these hallowed

places of my youth,

swirling in the vapors of a false start,

left behind, idling,

I’ve done nothing

but wither

in similar fashion

along with the land.

I’ll have to cut ties

with all forms of stasis

in order to feel

this glorious place once again.

Heath Brougher is the poetry editor for Into the Void, winner of the 2017 and

2018 Saboteur Awards for Best Magazine. He is the winner of Taj Mahal Review's

2018 Poet of the Year Award, as well as a multiple nominee for the Pushcart

Prize and Best of the Net Award. He has published nine collections of poetry,

the most recent of which are Bleeding Backwards (Diaphanous Press, 2019)

and Change Your Mind (Alien Buddha Press, 2019).

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