June 26 – July 2, 2017: Poetry from Joshua Holton and Mario Vitale

​Joshua Holton and Mario Vitale

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​Joshua Holton
Joshholton@hotmail.co.uk

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Joshua Holton is a vegan activist and kickboxer from Carlisle, England. He has an MA degree in Psychology from The University of Edinburgh, lots of tattoos and a broken nose. He writes poetry, short stories and sustainability and social responsibility newsletters.

The following work is Copyright © 2017, and owned by ​Joshua Holton and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

 

Holding A Baby

Arms that have swung heavy fists,
like mallets cracking bone,
cushion a little, lolling head,
as fragile as a thrown
pint glass.

Lusting hands that crawled in cracks,
their tentacles sought out moist repose,
touch a softly, snoozing girl,
who’s not yet been exposed
to filth.

Lips that spat molten excess,
diseases and abuse,
kiss a tiny, tender face,
as pristine as unused
canvas.

I hope my sin is not contagious,
I wish your innocence was.

 

 


Mario Vitale
mariovitale227@yahoo.com

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Mario Vitale (Welcott, Connecticut) is an established writer with over 1,000 poems. Featured on writercafe.com

The following work is Copyright © 2017, and owned by Mario Vitale and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Epiphany

It clings to the cliffed shore,
to the wintered face of the thistle path,
to the fingers of the old man’s glove
as he waves his memory homeward

In that breath between come and go
she moves up from the bay;
gold turns her stride,
the line of her dress,
the soft sea pulling at her feet

When he reaches out
and the frail birds fly
and the sun and the sky
have married deep into the sea, it clings

Even as his shadow threads retreat,
it clings, even now as it dissolves to mist.