Joseph Farley

Joseph Farley debuts this week at cavalcadeofstars.

After Finding the Real You
for Juan Xu

Your hatred of me
Could fill many a tall glass,
Bitter to the taste.

Down it goes,
Bottle after bottle,
Day after day.

No amount of drinking
Can wash you away.

How Much Can You Take?

Why is it that you still live
When someone hurts you repeatedly?
Maybe all those spankings,
The beatings with the belt
By honored father and mother
Made pain a part of life,
Something to be expected
And not fled from,
Even as the blood
Drips down your spine.

Living with the Lies

Words hang, twist in the air.
Lies, lies, they are always there.

So easy to spit out what
We hope to be true,

While the details tick by
A time bomb in our lives.

The fire is there beneath the ground,
The smoke ekes out

When you let down your guard,
Choking, smothering

Husband and children,
Trying so hard to swallow

The bold utterances of wife/mother
That fly in the face of all we have seen.

A fuse smoldering, a bomb waiting,
For photos discovered

To set off the explosion.

At the Slam Game

Five minutes to write
Something with news,
Blood and meat
Wrapped in paper,
Read all about it
In the Times,
The butcher and the killer,
And all those living words
Once pronounced with love,
Now dead.

The News This Morning

A dead swallow
On your doormat.
Sweep it up
With the morning paper,
Toss it into the trees.
How picturesque the news
This day
On the breakfast table.

Bio: Joseph Farley edited Axe Factory from 1986 to 2010. His books and chapbooks include Suckers, For the Birds. Longing for the Mother Tongue, and Waltz of the Meatballs.


About vision791

Pushcart nominee Jeanette Cheezum has been published on several online writing sites and in fifteen Anthology books and four poetry books. Three of these books have made the New York Times Best Sellers list. Awarded The Helium Networks Premium Writer’s Badge, Bronze Creative Writing Award and a Marketplace Writers award. Recently she has published fourteen ebooks at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. You may find a list of some of her work at
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2 Responses to Joseph Farley

  1. bobbietroy says:

    Very powerful writing, Joseph.

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