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Splattered Lyrics
    poem by Carol LaForet
    art by Jesse Bretthorst


Curved like a swan’s
neck, your song
extends across New Jersey,

one phrase crowding
the next until like
splattered lyrics

it falls in dollops around
my feet. The words
reflect each other,

so sensual that no one
can turn away.
I know what comes next -

a seaside captures
compensation, my freedom
for your performance.

Greed is not solely
at fault; I am far too
inclined to listen.

Journey (partial) by Jesse Bretthorst

Journey by Jesse Bretthorst