Aphelion Issue 229, Volume 22
June 2018
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Watching and Listening to Them Passing

by Jonathan Beale

As a passer by…

<tab>The Talk in dollars. Pounds
<tab><tab> comparisons to the priorities</tab></tab></tab>

Of the life, those lives within the pond — this pond.
Endless Coffee: the nightlife, flights, clothes, as well as restaurants
My ears engaged! My eyes, mind, away elsewhere.
The room echoed with scent of the apple and strawberry
Opposing. Yet there. Together in this strange relationship

<tab><tab>“Behold! Sinners. Behold! Saints”.
“Oh stand up you, the weak and you the weak — drink from this cup”.</tab></tab>

The jungle muggy scent with caffeine and croissants.
Youth in a vibrant desire to live to the competition.
To taste the blood in their defeat, their loss, and another and another…

<tab>…and the ageing minds now denied the lusting cutting desire —</tab>
are now gone… Faded like summers lost days
Yet still happy, happy still seek out another Xanadu.
Points on compasses joined a married by degrees
And held in order by consequence
The smash of a full cup drew the universe to halt!

2017 Jonathan Beale

Jonathan Beale has 550 poems published in print and online in over 50 journals. His work can be found in such books as ‘Drowning’ and ‘The Poet as Sociopath’ (Scar publications). His first collection of poetry ‘The Destinations of Raxiera’ is published by Hammer & Anvil.

His second volume is looking for a publisher and he is currently working on his third volume.

His work has recently been published in Anti Heroin Chic, Dissident Voices, Red Fez, Sheepshead Review, Aphelion, Linnets Wing, aaduna, and Horror Sleaze Trash. He studied Philosophy and lives in Surrey.

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