Cajun Mutt Press Featured Writer 01/13/20



the child might ask the question
after her pet hamster
or kitty or goldfish

and we might say yes
but not for a long
long time

or we might lean
on the promises
of a god
a heaven
we no longer believe in
just so she can sleep tonight

as we slowly suicide
we worry
about darkness
and blood
on the horizon

if I reminded you
this is one horizon
we’ll reach someday
whether by plague
or swollen sun

I believe you’d use
the same logic
with me

that’s a long
long time
from now

©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.

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