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Monday's Poem

© 2014 by Tyler Gabrysh

Tyler Gabrysh has been a contest winner in Geist, Other Voices, and Open Minds Quarterly; the latter a literary/mental health magazine where he was awarded second place in both the 11th and 12th Annual BrainStorm Poetry Contests. His book reviews have appeared in The Malahat Review, Coastal Spectator, and JaggedMag, and in 2013 he was awarded a Friesen Press Scholarship for the Victoria Writers Festival. Check out

"From Safety to Where...? was published in Jones Av.

From Safety To Where…?

When this restlessness bit you
too,      life’s an itch
wryly uttering to me, confident
I would feign hilarity (and did).

Opened sweet independence,
allowed riled excitement to pour over,
coat flesh and cloud sagacity.
How you snuggled to my seductions –
even those fraught with delirium.

No matter, it was winter's abrasive onset
with bundled packs,
you, skittish of hitchhiked rides
bumping along in black
thin sun slicing through hallowed ground,
permafrost and mania.

Yapped stories of
Mowat’s Magadan,
Siberian wilds of Rasputin,
Asian characteristics in elder
Native American tribes.

Wanted to ask,            have I been talking your ears off?
                                    (toes off?)
But forever days, truck stops, wind-howled
how asinine that would sound.

Wandering endless to Alaska
and your cancerous silence grew.
Damned myself for always.  Always this

Finally those tumor eyes turned – I,
okay, we’ll go back.


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