Three Poems by Yevgeniy Levitskiy

The Tale of the Tyrants

The young tyrants
rounded up the old,
they called them
“tyrant-nosauruses”
as they nixed their rexes
and invited their exes
to the annual
guillotine fundraiser

The young tyrants
took no blame
in global warming
and economic meltdowns,
it was the old
that would have
to answer to
the firing range.

The young tyrants
went on a wild rumpus
one late night to
the chagrin of the
old who had their
drinks spiked
with hemlock.

The young tyrants
believed in nothing
said in books and scriptures,
the old had nothing
new to say
or teach, so it was
easy to burn
them at the stake.

The young tyrants
wished to salt
the earth with
the salt of the
earth, but since
they had little
of such an ingredient,
they found much better
use of the old instead.

 
 

The Ends Justify the Means

I’m dreaming of an unborn reality,
Where the stars speak of pleasant things,
And don’t ask questions,
And don’t give compliments.

I’m starting to coin terms for things that don’t exist,
For things that have never existed and never will exist,
For existence is superficial, and then some.

I’ve fallen in love with someone I don’t know,
Someone who I will never know or talk to,
Someone who will never give me the satisfaction
of knowing that it’s like to feel/be in love with them.

I’ve stopped paying attention and trying,
To be the better man,
To see the beautiful sun behind the gray clouds,
To understand why I’m like this.

 
 

Standard Size

Her dress bothered me
like a fly that buzzes
in your ear when
you’re sleeping.
She started weeping
when she saw
the look on my face.
Shell-shaped tears
ran down her
Mediterranean face
and dripped on
the red dress that
she loved ten seconds ago.
If only twenty seconds
earlier, I knew
it would end this way.

 
 

About the Author:

Yevgeniy Levitskiy has received a B.A. in English-Education from Brooklyn College, and is currently pursuing a M.A. His writing has been published in The Smoking Poet, Green Briar Review, and elsewhere. His forthcoming publications include The Books They Gave Me (Free Press/Simon & Schuster), Downer Magazine, and Everyday Other Things. His middle-grade novel is currently being reviewed by a major production studio.