Know All Your Enemies — John Sweet

didn’t have the balls to
kill himself until the day he finally did,
and then we laughed when we heard
the news and called him a coward

called his girlfriend later on that week
to see if she wanted to hang out,
maybe see a movie, maybe get laid
because why not?

flipped through
her copy of anne frank’s diary
a few months later
while she was off in rehab
but didn’t see what the big deal was

didn’t understand that all of our
past mistakes were still out there just
waiting to shake our hands 
                       in the future

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John Sweet
sends greetings from the rural wastelands of upstate NY. He is a firm believer in writing as catharsis, and in the continuous search for an unattainable and constantly evolving absolute truth. His latest poetry collections include A FLAG ON FIRE IS A SONG OF HOPE (2019 Scars Publications) and A DEAD MAN, EITHER WAY (2020 Kung Fu Treachery Press).