Friday, April 14, 2023

Manta Ray by Kevin M. Hibshman

I chased you through the depths of the blackest nights.

Fed you my caffeine and cigarettes.

I was instantly mesmerized by the hypnotic designs of your swirling descent.

You sang with a voice that was a bell, a siren.

The lyrics told of my life.

A fisherman never quite getting a true grip on his rod.

You were inescapably seductive, the dancer in my dreams.

Lithe and with no legs, you glided as a fish with wings.

What kind of jazz was that you played?

Ancient mermaid?

The sound of a thousand years of slow decay?

A remembrance of when the entire world went underwater?

Kevin M. Hibshman has had his poetry, prose, reviews and collages published around the world. He has edited his own poetry journal, FEARLESS for the past thirty years. He has authored sixteen chapbooks, including Incessant Shining (2011, Alternating Current Press).His latest books: Cease To Destroy, Just Another Small Town Story  and The Mirror Masks Nothing, a co-authored book with John Patrick Robbins published by Whiskey City Press, are now available on AMAZON.