“WOUNDS OF PHOSPHOR”

Wounds of phosphor, wounds of
red jam smears.
Swords of golden crosses, swords of
broken seashells.
Words of wrecked teeth, words of
velvet serpents.
Gears of clocks, gears of offshore
cannonade

that blow holes in bodies,

makes wounds of phosphor,
wounds of
red jam smears.

— John Tustin’s poetry has appeared in many disparate literary journals since 2009. fritzware.com/johntustinpoetry contains links to his published poetry online.