Cajun Mutt Press Featured Writer 12/27/19



on cruel days
the whole of his being
is an inflamed nerve
like sciatica
pins and needles
so that if you touch him anywhere
with your talons
your crowbar eyes
or the vibrations
of your callous lips
he will cry out
and sink his teeth into you
into himself
into a chair…a stone…
anything within striking distance
and you won’t understand
and he doesn’t understand either
nor is he happy about it
and he’ll go the rest of the day
like prey through the forest
limping from tree to tree
shadow to shadow
until nightfall
and the safety of his den
as though to step out
into the open
would invite the pack
to feast on his agony

©Brian Rihlmann all rights reserved


Brian Rihlmann was born in NJ, and currently lives in Reno, NV. He writes mostly semi-autobiographical, confessional free verse, much of it on the so-called “grittier” side. Folk poetry…for folks. He has been published in Constellate Magazine, Poppy Road Review, and has an upcoming piece in The American Journal Of Poetry.

2 thoughts on “Cajun Mutt Press Featured Writer 12/27/19”

  1. As I returned from California, I can’t find you. I take it you blocked me. No problem. You have that right to do so. If it was due to any comments, I’m truly sorry.


    1. If you’re talking about me, J.D.C.IV, or Cajun Mutt Press I didn’t block you. I have no reason to. Plus I just posted one of your poems Jan. 20th. If you’re talking about Brian Rihlmann, I think he blocked me on Facebook as well for some reason. I have no idea why. I even have one of his poems scheduled this month.


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