POETRY by SAMUEL STRATHMAN
Lobster’s Predicament Lobster snails between narrow avenues of sea for the better part of his life. He refuses to seek out the challenges above him, numerous opportunities that have sunk too far down to reach. Routine is his manacle, cocooned in a carapace on top of the shell he already bears. Little does Lobster know, that if he continues on this path – fails to swim – stronger forces will encroach upon his territory and swallow him whole.
Archaic Town A town where cabins are propped up on nails, somber and plain, leaving nothing for the eyes to behold or the mind to construe. Rusted station wagons line the front lawn, more rust than wagon – browned the way fingernails fade to yellow. Everything that has been manufactured remains the same for generations, dense in its inauthenticity. Each monolith lacks allegory, catastrophic. No use holding on to the possibility of a new beginning if we have seen it all before.
Samuel Strathman is a poet, author, educator, and the founder/editor-in-chief of Floodlight Editions.