“Invisible with liberty & justice” By Gary Glauber

There are no heroes, only gritty survivors
with take-no-prisoner attitudes:
stranded, abandoned, unraveled & revealed.

A sharp salvo of pity-seeking pleas hits deaf ears,
then dissipates into an unforgiving atmosphere,
silent radar restored to street corner tranquility.

Help is a matter of interpretation under pressure,
the little pains that annoy and undermine,
a collective signal that builds in frequency over time.

Hiding in the mud, become the sand eel of dreams,
reeling & writhing & ‘rithmetic,
sad years beyond any classroom experience.

The sweat salt of humanity’s dregs,
sparkling like stars fading in afternoon sun,
shimmering through a collective disappearance.


Gary Glauber is a poet, fiction writer, teacher, and former music journalist. His works have received multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominations. He champions the underdog to the melodic rhythms of obscure power pop. His collection, Small Consolations (Aldrich Press) is available through Amazon, as is a chapbook, Memory Marries Desire (Finishing Line Press). A new poetry collection, Worth the Candle, is forthcoming from Five Oaks Press in 2017.

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