Three Poems

by Josef Krebs

As the passion accumulates and subsides

As the passion accumulates and subsides

I drift across the channel

Between us

And others

(As if other could ever exist)

Split as I am by the drift

The raft

The capsize

As if traditional narrative might give respite in a storm

As if Marx or Mao might take the first step towards freedom

As if that passion could reconcile with mature thinking



Were not waiting in the wings wink of an angel

Despite longing for transcendence

Or a moment of being alive

Despite life

As if the trickle of sand could jump back up

To a higher source

Of being


Or turned on

Its head

Once more

Adapting to planetary adjustments

Adapting to planetary adjustments

Of national character

Of dreams by doubts

And passions surmounted by dismal prospects

The unheralded disasters

Personal or private

Unpatriotic but principled

National discussions that amount to dissonance

Crystalized fears

As the whale clashes with the ocean

As the bird no longer wishes to land

And the governments crumble under too much dust and pork barrel

Above all the lies lies lies

That lie like lye

The dissembling that disassembles belief

The basis of political possibilities

Faith in future not just fear

As the dismal surges turn the world and twist truth in whirlwinds of sand

Covering pockets of oil

The pockets deep and full

Emptying all hope of possible


Dusting down other realms of satisfaction

Dusting down other realms of satisfaction

Other states of emaciated mind

Channeling crystals through the caves and recesses

Of distress as I discuss with self and stealth the passage to passions

Eloping with possible personalities into ellipses of my education

The eclipses of my lighter side

That trip me often in my attempts at surrender without the seduction of destruction

Liberation without flight to fright and the anger that inevitably follows

As one seeks the message in a bottle

Often finding fruitless emotions

That only let you down and out

Of options

Josef Krebs has a chapbook published by Etched Press and his poetry also appears in Agenda, the Bicycle Review, Calliope, Mouse Tales Press, The Corner Club Press, The FictionWeek Literary Review, Burningword Literary Journal, the Aurorean, Inscape, Crack the Spine, The Cape Rock, Carcinogenic Poetry, The Bangalore Review, 521magazine, Organs of Vision and Speech, Tacenda, Former People, and The Cats Meow. A short story has been published in blazeVOX. He’s written three novels and five screenplays. His film was successfully screened at Santa Cruz and Short Film Corner of Cannes film festivals.

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