Hand-to-Hand Combat

by | Apr 15, 2024 | Poetry

Red clay soil dug up to form a trench.

you are a medic
in a field of your own
half dead sorrows

the fox hole
is the place
where you find
a ruined self portrait

the map
of your last battle
is hidden
in your bedsheets

your thoughts
are the casualties
of a disfigured life

your subconscious
is littered with body bags

you walk in
the same circles
in the same fallow field

you know
there is a back road out

you will set out
on your own again

the villagers
grateful for your departure

but all you see
in the distance
is the burning mausoleum
of childhood

Photo by Andy Rogers, used and adapted under CC.

About The Author


Connie Post served as first Poet Laureate of Livermore, California Her work has appeared in Calyx, Comstock Review, Cold Mountain Review, Slipstream, Spillway, River Styx, Spoon River Poetry Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review and Verse Daily. Her first full length book Floodwater (Glass Lyre Press) won the 2014 Lyrebird Award. Her chapbook “And When the Sun Drops” won the 2012 Aurorean Editor’s chapbook prize. Her poetry awards include the 2018 Liakoura Award, the Caesura Award and the 2016 Crab Creek Poetry Award.

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