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  Cover Issue 6 NAKMA


No release from the desire

To mound them up

Like so much cord wood.

Himmler asked for bygones,

They demanded gones and goodbyes.

There would be six million more of them

Piled to the heavens

Poisoned like so much drek

Chaff borne by the wind

Swallowed by gagging masses.

No other cleansing could be acceptable

By good men

Whose eyes-for-eyes

Saw no purification

Without their elimination.

They lost their right to share the air

Of the few

Who recognized their evil

Their complicit behavior,

renunciation of people

guilty only for what they shared.

They would be avenged,

The innocents tossed into fiery pits

Without benefit of savior--

Avenged for the hunger that devoured

Their beings

Leaving behind empty shells,

Lipless musselmen

incapable of tears

Or smiles.

Nakma the only answer

To the beguiling question

About inhumanity.

The answer lay in skyscrapers of burning flesh,

Of stomachs erupting volcanoes 

Engulfed in poison-pangs.

Rend their souls,

Let it reverberate in their minds

How men will behave exacerbated by hate.




Sy Roth comes riding in and then canters out. Oftentimes, the head is bowed by reality; other times, he is proud to have said something noteworthy. Retired after forty-two years as teacher/school administrator, he now resides in Mount Sinai, far from Moses and the tablets. This has led him to find words for solace. He spends his time writing and playing his guitar. He has published in many online publications such as in Leaves of Ink, Ithaca Lit, Fat City Review, Haggard and Halloo, RAP, Crisis Chronicles, Parentheses, Poet and Geek Magazine, Gloom Cupboard, Pif Magazine, The Circle Review, Poetry Super Highway, Millers Pond Review, Earthborne, Nostrovia, Cyclamens and Swords, The Germ, Rockhurst Review, Wilderness Interface Zone, Red Ochre, Bong is Bard, Danse Macabre, Mel BraKe Press, Larks Fiction Magazine, Exercise Bowler, Otoliths, BlogNostics, Every Day Poets, brief, The Weekenders, The Squawk Back, Bareback Magazine, Dead Snakes, Bitchin’ Kitsch, Peripheral Surveys, Scapegoat Review, The Artistic Muse, Inclement, Napalm and Novocain, Euphemism, Humanimalz Literary Journal, Ascent Aspirations, Fowl Feathered Review, Vayavya, Wilderness House Journal, Aberration Labyrinth, Mindless(Muse), Em Dash, Subliminal Interiors, South Townsville Micropoetry Journal, The Penwood Review, The Rampallian, Vox Poetica, Clutching at Straws, Downer Magazine, Full of Crow, Abisinth Literary Review, Every Day Poems, Avalon Literary Review, Napalm and Novocaine, Wilderness House Literary Review, St. Somewhere Journal, Carcinogenic Poetry, The Neglected Ratio, Windmills Magazine and Kerouac’s Dog. One of his poems, Forsaken Man, was selected for Best of 2012 poems in Storm Cycle. Twice selected Poet of the Month in Poetry Super Highway. His work was also read at Palimpsest Poetry Festival in December 2012. He was named Poet of the Month for the month of February in BlogNostics. Included in Poised in Flight and Point Mass anthology published by Kind of Hurricane Press. A Murder of Crows named Poem of the Week in Toucan. Best of Poem selected for inaugural edition of The Second Hump, volume IV.

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