Two Poems

by Jeff Santosuosso

Body Image

in places where I’m startled
by my own shadow
shudder at a slice of
my reflection

what’s more bothersome
the slice, the shadow,
or the shudder

what’s become of me

hygiene isn’t the problem
unrecognizable
on the inside
hormones hollow
me to the marrow
until I can’t support myself

sometimes
anxiety creeps up, poisons adrenaline
instantly I control nothing

take a seat, a breath, a look
it feels like theft
or the wrong choice

can I return it,
no questions asked
you break it
you bought it

turn a corner
adrenaline subsides
poison sub-lethal
symptoms invisible
could be numbness
uncertainty

the sun’s dipped
behind a cloud
memory faded

relentless mind,
sun cycling shadows
every day

next thing I know
I’m pond-side
or shouldering a skyscraper
glass glare despair

ready or not

Danglers in the Shoebox

I’d hang my mind in diorama,
planet brains in panorama,
strung in distance from the sun
some in synch, but not each one.
Some eclipses of my thoughts,
simple ideas to Gordian knots,
interspersed from end to beginning,
spinning, spinning, spinning.

Age now shakes my shoe box,
planet brains crushed like rocks,
even tangled all those wires
thought-unraveling now required.
They used to grace my telescope.
Now they’re just a kaleidoscope,
black hole vortex, thrashing not swimming,
spinning, spinning, spinning.


Jeff Santosuosso is a business consultant and award-winning poet living in Pensacola, FL.  His chap book, “Body of Water,” is forthcoming from Clare Songbirds Publishing House. He is Editor-in-Chief of panoplyzine.com, an online journal of poetry and short prose. Jeff’s work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and has appeared in San Pedro River Review, South Florida Poetry Journal, Mojave Dessert Review, The Lake (UK), Red Fez, First Literary Review-East, Texas Poetry Calendar, Avocet, and other online and print publications.
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