December 19-25, 2022: Poetry from Bridget Magee and David Dephy

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Bridget Magee

Bridget Magee is an American expat who writes, teaches, and lives in central Switzerland where she is continually finding her voice, both in English and rudimentary German. She edited the poetry anthology 10.10 Celebrating 10. in 10 Different Ways. Visit Bridget on the web here.

The following work is Copyright © 2022, and owned by Bridget Magee and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

My 1,401,120-minute Streak Broken

for 2 years
7 months
29 days
I was negative

my negative thoughts
led me to trust science
rolling up my sleeve
four separate times

my negative behaviors
of being aloof and distant –
hiding my smile in plain sight
encouraging and ensuring
negativity around me

then after 139 weeks
30 October 2022
my fortuity failed me

turns out that three transmittable
(unbeknownst to anyone at the time)
interactions in two closed rooms
over the course of three hours
in one day
can push the odds a little too far

three days later
on the one test I repeatedly
aced with my negativity,
two lines shining through
the plastic stick’s window
announced my first positive result
in 973 days

for one week
I percolated in my positivity
my sore throat tickle soothed with hot tea
my sneezes dosed with vitamin C
my mucus mopped up during a movie
an afternoon nap to not feel woozy

I basically had a mild cold

then on day 7
I returned to my negative status
the clock reset

for 8 days
16 hours
42 minutes
and counting…
I am negative

but I will forever remain positive
in my original negative thoughts…

David Dephy

David Dephy — A Georgian/American award-winning poet and novelist. The founder of Poetry Orchestra and an author of full-length poetry work Eastern Star (Adelaide Books, NYC, 2020) and A Double Meaning, also full-length poetry work with co-author Joshua Corwin. (Adelaide Books, NYC, 2022) The 1st place winner of THE ARTISTS FORUM Poetry Award in New York 2021. He is named as Literature Luminary by Bowery Poetry, Stellar Poet by Voices of Poetry, Incomparable Poet by Statorec, Brilliant Grace by Headline Poetry & Press and Extremely Unique Poetic Voice by Cultural Daily. Visit David on the web here.

The following work is Copyright © 2022, and owned by David Dephy and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

D Train

D train, moves from Brooklyn to Manhattan
and back, there is always something to be made
of loneliness, it’s obvious you feel the same,
we hear the strange sound of heartbeat— music,
you hear the same sound, of the same heartbeat,
and maybe someone turns out pain in every sound
of train? They kept your smile while the D train

rushed over and over, taking us along, between
those golden shadows all around, solitude unites,
it breaks free, hear me, please, hear me out from
this noise, it is heroic to survive as breath buried
in the claustrophobic darkness, take a D train, baby,
wherever you go take a deep breath, the way is long,
moving to the garden we all go through the desert, first.

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