Aphelion Issue 291, Volume 28
February 2024
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by Stephen Jarrell Williams

Out in the park trees, night pushing down cold,
the giant on his back, hairy naked, immune.

He's ten stories high as he stands:
the treetops to his knees, he pees,
yawns, stretches, as I sit in my truck
paralyzed, freezing in my long-johns and blanket.

He looks out over the city. I'm a speck.
He knows he's the first to come back...

He bends over and pulls a club from his grave,
grunts, straightens, pounds the club once
on the street, in front of my truck.

He lumbers past me, grumbling
something about midgets....

© 2009 Stephen Jarrell Williams

Stephen Jarrell Williams has done everything from mowing lawns to being an executive at a software company. His poetry and short stories have appeared in over a hundred publications. He loves to write, listen to his music, and dance late into the night.

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