coffee smoke
however fetching
doesn’t make anything
more bearable

I don’t understand
cheerful people
what are they hiding?

my cat is more empathic
and certainly more honest
than most of you

when he bites me
it sort of makes sense

what am I so angry about
how long do I have
underlying reducible to
nonsense gaslit spinals

don’t take yourself so
seriously isn’t what gets
said to the perp
even when he’s dead

these days the
cat gallops after a
robust dump

invert the gloaming
loop supine

he scratches vertically
rising out of his tail
a dorsal fin flush

try and stop me
if you like

Published by:

Diane R. Wiener

A poet since the age of seven, Diane R. Wiener’s first full-length poetry collection, The Golem Verses, was published in 2018 by Nine Mile Press. Her poetry chapbook, Flashes & Specks, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. Diane’s poems also appear in Nine Mile Magazine, Wordgathering, Tammy, Queerly, The South Carolina Review, and elsewhere. Her poetry is forthcoming in the anthology, Welcome to the Resistance: Poetry as Protest (Stockton University Press). Diane’s creative nonfiction appears in Stone Canoe and Mollyhouse, and is forthcoming in The Abstract Elephant Magazine; her flash fiction appears and is forthcoming in Ordinary Madness. After serving as Guest Editor for Nine Mile Literary Magazine’s Fall 2019 Special Double Issue on Neurodivergent, Disability, Deaf, Mad, and Crip poetics, Diane was appointed Assistant Editor for the magazine. She has published widely on disability, pedagogy, and empowerment, among other subjects. Diane is a proud Neuroqueer, Mad, Crip, Gender Nonconforming, Jewish Pantheist Nerd (etc.). She blogged for the Huffington Post between May 2016 and January 2018. Diane is the Editor-in-Chief of Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature.

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3 thoughts on “Verdict”

  1. Provocative.  I especially like the stanza about cheerful people.  My question: what are they ignoring?  Love you, f 
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