By James E. Roethlein

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Three Poems


I made love to you

as fire freezes water

and dead men still dream.


Hand in bitter hand,

laughter-the slow twisting knife,

driving me away.


Sullen stone-razor

wire, cross my wayward path

through these desert lands.


Loneliness whispered,

then I took her to my bed,

and thought – it was love.

James E. Roethlein is a Christian and a poet residing in Palmyra, Pennsylvania. Among his publishing credits are Magnapoets, Speedpoets, and New Thoreau Quarterly. In 2010 he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Illustration: “The Final Cut” by Robb North