new poem from the Winter 2013 issue: Robert Daniels, County Employee

18 Jan

death on a limb (2)


Enough with paper trail chains. Enough…five years
treading through shit without much luck. Five years-

early mornings- this is life?– quick coffee driving
end to end of this crooked county for a buck. Five years

spent, elbow deep, latex connections, other peoples’ time.
Ceil blue waders, fade with the murk and the muck. Five years,

mourning in afternoons, and in the night- permanently
raw- hearing Mr. Daniels!!! In tuts and clucks. Five years

in windowless pink and green basements, casting now shadows,
drifting- smile face façade- left to dodge and duck. If I’ve years

robbed from me- you do not think of me- mornings,
maybe mourning shouldn’t be why I wake up. Five years?

5 Responses to “new poem from the Winter 2013 issue: Robert Daniels, County Employee”

  1. Blake Galbraith January 18, 2013 at 16:14 #

    Bravo, especially for a first-time contributor

    • pea river journal January 18, 2013 at 19:40 #

      We agree! The pathos keeps lingering and growing for us. The voice of the poem haunts us. The more we read it, the more important we feel it is, the more we want to share it with every working person.

      Thank you for reading!

  2. pattyc4kes January 18, 2013 at 21:44 #

    Very poignant and moving, you can feel his frustration and sense of hopelessness, pointlessness come across so powerfully and it’s great. I almost feel like the words rhyming with “luck” are surrogates for saying “fuck,” over and over, as a kind of release.


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    […] Melissa Morphew Robert Gray. Linda Lee Harper. Grant Clauser. Ray McManus. Sara Walton. Robert Daniels. Sean Thomas Dougherty. Suzanne McWhorter. Jeff St. James. Cindy Anderson. Joshua Gage. Leslie Anne […]

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