Three Poems by Zvi A. Sesling

City of Ghosts

Wooden remainders of a violent past
dirt streets never paved, boot hill’s
crumbling stones and echoes of the
past: gunshots of good and bad,
cattle and horses thundering through
streets as cowboys drive their herd
to where tracks remain but there is
no train, no engineer, no passengers
boarding or leaving, just ghosts of
the past looking for each other in
a city that no longer exists.


City Of Emptiness

I returned to my youth
to the City Of Emptiness

once filled like a water jug
now poured out

Jews gone replaced by
Blacks and Arabs

migrations following migrations
as in many cities an emptiness

of humanity, of the heart
followed by hatred

a city of burned memories
demolished hope where

rain runs laughter in gutters
a city of blood and despair

my friends have left
gone like stars behind clouds

scattered across new
emptiness where hope

has surrendered and gray
cities crumble like crackers



How easy when they are gone
to blame the dead
Our faults reflected in their
Adultery or theft
Power hungry or corruption
Failure or drunk driver
We rely on ourselves
in our cage
the eggs we lay rot
our inner snake swallowing
Patterns develop, exist, repeat
like a journal of unsworn
Reality a forged document


About the Author:

Zvi A. Sesling is published in numerous magazines. He edits Muddy River Poetry. His books are King of the Jungle (Ibbetson Street Press, 2010) and a chapbook Across Stones of Bad Dreams (Cervena Barva Press, 2011). His full length volume, Fire Tongue, is due from Cervena Barva Press in 2012.