Flatline

By Mark Hammerschick

Sideways

rain

belches caustic thunder

lighted supernova

hang ten dude

ride that wave

through the view

of a hollow lens

like an eye surprised

by lost sight

monitors

buzz, rattle and roll

a body

squirms

knowing it will soon

be worms

eyes glazed donuts

tears

fears

deers in headlights

then

gone

a flat green line

in the gloaming

gone

What We Are Afraid Of

By Mark Hammerschick

Death by fire.
Pancreatic cancer, 
how it breathes.
Deception.
What you thought is real is not
only shadows on cold, hard concrete.
Russian mobsters
who enjoy slicing fingers, tongues and eyes.
Being alone.
Being alone in Bogota.
Spiders.
Prostrate cancer.
Change.
All the constant brutal changes.
A complete obliteration of a 401k.
Death by drowning.
Unemployment.
Pandemics unleashed.
Alzheimers.
Outliving my savings.
Flesh eating disease.
Dark, moist, millowy places.
Not knowing when the DOW hits 50,000.
Tornadoes and earthquakes.
Salmonella.
A wife’s criticism and complaints.
Amputation.
Suffocation.
How all these fears add up
to a cataclysm of annihilation 
as we watch our earth explode
at the speed of light
sending us scattered
like a Higgs Boson element
accelerating into eternity.

Mark Hammerschick's poetry will be appearing in The Metaworker and Breadcrumbs Magazine. He writes fiction and poetry and has been published sporadically. He holds a BA in English from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and a BS and MBA. He is a lifelong resident of the Chicago area and currently lives on the North Shore. Most of his professional career has been focused on digital strategy and online consulting as a digital architect and transformation strategist.

Trolley c/o NYS Writers Institute

Science Library 320

University at Albany

Albany NY 12222   

nyswritersinstitute.org 

© 2020 All rights reserved.​

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