Gary Widger
“Psychic Flux and Fishbone”
from Caketrain Issue 01

Remember the black snow on the street;
that white line showing slightly,
distinguishing the dirty clues the gypsy gave you
from the ordinary, humdrum world?

The snow melted,
leaving the edges of the street
with a thread of filth
and the clues slowly thinned
as the rain spread them for miles.

What was it you said while listening
at the gutter for your father’s voice?

Something about running and hiding,
or pulling the blankets over your head
to lose breath and sweat as a child.

Sad that no one noticed
the crow’s feet in your young skin.
Sad that there was no kiss goodnight,
no “I love you” whispered in the dark
before you were alone.

Caketrain is a literary journal and press based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Our interest is in bringing you, reader, the very best in contemporary creative writing, full stop. Our goals are for each issue of our journal to submerge you in a birthing tank for gelatinous language monsters, young masses of tentacular foci undulating as directed (in all, at once) by our eclectic stable of contributors; for each new book we publish to seduce and ensnare you, sometimes intangibly, always undeniably; and for you, reader, to be able to draw at least one passage from our banks that prods your mind with such precision and power that it feels as if it was written for your eyes alone. To wit and to whet, here is a snippet, a slight nip of our delicious lit mix:

Copyright 2003-2006 Caketrain Journal and Press. Rights to literature revert to their respective authors.
ISSN 1547-6839.

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