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A Phoenix Fiction Writer Rising From The Ashes of Nonfiction




Poem Introduction

One morning in college I awoke to my clock radio announcing my girlfriend died.



One  Time 
by Michael T. Martin

One time I awoke in an empty morning
To a radio alarm and the morning news
As the announcer told of a fallen dream

One time a blank wall reared before me
Someone else had pained and died as
An ambulance screamed for its patients

One time exploded like a silent thunder
A burst of nothing, a flash of invisible light
I was she was we were—all nothing

One time I looked and the blood had dried
The soil turned and the flowers had wilted
Tomorrow never apologizing for yesterday

One time a cold lonely morning wind
Slid around me as I borrowed its chill
And wondered being unable to think

One time you go through a tunnel
That ends up where you started
Only now the tunnel is gone

One time I went to an empty barrel
And reached in for a new day
And I cried … ever since.


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