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Strange Familiar

By Catherine Ann Cullen

Strange Familiar

Strange Familiar Details:

Published: August 2013
ISBN:       978-0-9572073-6-3

Sample piece from Strange Familiar

Johnny Cash Sings Hurt

You creak out this last confession
walking a sound between prayer and sob,
eyes looking death in the face,
heart on its last throb.

You've always known these bars
you're breaking through, these blues,
the man in black depression,
nothing easy now, all blood and bruise,
mouth twisted into a wound
from which the dark words ooze.

An old train whistles past.
A finger flares on a string.
You trawl the heart's tracks for a last line,
crawl through a burning ring.

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