Tohm Bakelas is a social worker in a psychiatric hospital. He was born in New Jersey, resides there, and will die there. His poems have appeared in numerous journals, zines, and online publications. He has published 13 chapbooks. He runs Between Shadows Press.
some lines i’ve written once before
i’ve lost count of all the times i’ve wept watching wind move across water
drunk driving in the sun
numbed mind, diminished insight, death does not always present so simple
sometimes it’s required
i drive home drunk with the world singing its songs— why is peace illegal?
drunk at my third bar i stumble through streets unknown— i am in bad shape
every bar i go to
slayer plays twelve times on the jukebox while i laugh silently and wait