These books aren’t lies.
In yellowed pages, contain physical &
emotional battles I, thanks to some unanswered
god or devil;
My own limitations did not
allow my attempts at death worthwhile
to convey personally.
But there was always the notebook.
Words never judged-- even during
Lost days, where
tears shredded my soul to ribbons.
Pen and paper—always handy.
Cocaine highs—oh lord, leaving
me flying on devious octane.
But the comedown…
Always the comedown…
Never justified the tragedy of
waking up the
So, my stuff is more
than marginal confessions.
Many sentences contain a last gasp.
I guess for today,
I will say no more.
Dan Provost’s poetry has been published throughout the small press for a number of years. He is the author of fourteen books/chapbooks including: A Fistful of Ponies (Raw Earth Ink) and Darting in and Out (Kung Fu Treachery Press) which were published in early 2021.He lives in Berlin, New Hampshire with his wife Laura and dog, Bella.