absence of life

maybe it’s time to throw out
the tv,
and subscription to the
ny times –

maybe it’s time to stand upright,
walk amongst the other
the emus and orangutans –

maybe i should adjust the light,
note the absence of life, delve
deep into the subtext of this
gloryhole mediocrity –

maybe i should slow down,
stop running, live a quiet life
in the desert, out in the sand and
yuccas and Joshua trees –

maybe i should pull the needle from
my arm, the rolled dollar from my nose –

maybe i should forget everything and simply
learn how to exist –

Jack Henry is a writer/editor based in Southern California. Recent publications can be found in Raven’s Cage, Horror Sleaze Trash, Red Fez, Rusty Truck, Dope Fiend Daily, Smoking Typewriter, Fearless, among others, He is also editor of Heroin Love Songs and 1870 Press. A new book, Driving W/Crazy, will be available in the Fall of 2020 from Punk Hostage Press. Read other articles by Jack.