Mark A. Fisher

was it love?
that in darkness bound them
or fear?
that drew them together
to become monsters
phantoms in dark passages
to dash romantically
within a bubble of ignorance
dressed-up illusions
for a band of bigots and dumb-asses
mere Keystone heroes
in mock struggle for decency
hoping in some…
imitation of Persephone
they could simply walk out of hell
after mere months
instead of an eternity
in catacombs
beneath all truth
never to be triumphant
and burying all memory
beneath the ruins
of all those rosy hours

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Mark A. Fisher
Mark A. Fisher is a writer, poet, and playwright living in Tehachapi, CA. His poetry has appeared in: A Sharp Piece of Awesome, Dragon Poet Review, Altadena Poetry Review, Penumbra, Elegant Rage: A Poetic Tribute to Woody Guthrie, and many other places. His chapbook, drifter, is available from Amazon. His plays have appeared on California stages in Pine Mountain Club, Tehachapi, Bakersfield, and Hayward. His column “Lost in the Stars” has appeared in Tehachapi's The Loop newspaper for several years. He has also won cooking ribbons at the Kern County Fair.