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Winner: The Weekly Poetry Contest #30

Fruit Cove, 5 p.m.

by Megan Denese Mealor
(Jacksonville, Florida, USA)
Published February 25, 2018
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Fruit Cove, 5 p.m.

by Megan Denese Mealor

I should have been a photographer,
snapping rockslides and bloodshed,
or even the pacific pond where
all the soccer moms go to smoke
bittersweet cigarettes, sometimes
tossing their young a Frisbee or a
football as they prattle and tattle
against the strain of purebreds in
crocheted sweaters. If I were a
photographer, I would catch the
monograph between mergansers,
a seeping inevitability of blue leaves
in the yellow pine air. I would point
my father’s Exakta right at God’s face
and ask Him to stand still for once
in His life while I go about framing
His nucleus. He would never speak
to me again but we were never close
to begin with, nothing in common
other than our weakness for envy.
Cowardly as I  am, I could never
poach the self-possessed prestige
of a Red Red Wine cemetery breeze.

Megan Denese Mealor has been published widely in numerous journals,
most recently
Harbinger Asylum, Really System, and Fowl Feathered
, and is a double Pushcart Prize nominee. Her debut poetry
Bipolar Lexicon, is forthcoming from Unsolicited Press.
Diagnosed with bipolar disorder in her teens, Megan's main mission is to
inspire others stigmatized for their mental health. She lives in Jacksonville,
Florida with her partner and son.
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