Aphelion Issue 229, Volume 22
June 2018
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Just Around the Corner

by Steven J. Jacobson

slumbering soundly like
battened down shutters during
wind driven summer downpour.
conscious mind furrowing through grey foggy matter
rallying for self awareness.
becoming half awake like
storm slowly subsiding after colossal display.
only to find myself stumbling into another world,
another time and place.
the new dazzling world appearing as
precious gem filtering the yellowish sun light, where
no war, no crime, no sickness and no hunger exist.
engaging cities like castles in the air,
architecture arching as though mounted
on wings of stallions
giving chase to the grey sky overhead.
two suns shone over the cities,
the reddish star as close and
menacing as death and the yellowish star like
bucket of wet paint
waiting to spill over.
no sounds of pitter patter feet just stone silent, and
world cold and metallic grey like
gloomy graveyard.
no children and no crying, the race of people absent
along time and mechanized over millennia.
waking with a start
apprehending only a dream,
went to my grey-yellowish computer console to start writing,
suddenly realizing the mechanization
coming full circle, closing in on our world, our race…
arresting my thoughts the mirthful
gurgling and laughing of our child in the next room
then only silence like the quietness after
storm filling the night sky.

2017 Steven J. Jacobson

Steven J. Jacobson lives in Hopkins, Minnesota. Steven is a lifelong “Midwesterner”. Steven has submitted and was accepted by two dozen Poetry Magazines including Access Press, Linnet’s Wings, Burningword Literary Journal, Eunoia Review, Little Red Tree Publishing, Indiana Voice Journal, Leaves of Ink, Aphelion, Thought Notebook and Storyteller Magazine. He is a featured poet in metric conversions: poetry of our time (Editura StudIS, 2013) a compilation of poetry described by author and translator Taner Murat as an act of “intercultural exchange.” An e-book, Spiritual Gait, was published in June 2016 by Storyteller Magazine; a second book, Spiritual Realm, is in the works.

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