John Tustin

John Tustin’s poetry has appeared in many literary journals, online and in print, since 2009. fritzware.com/johntustinpoetry contains links to his published poetry online. CHAINS I am much less than those Who doff theirs chains, Break through the wall And into the uncertainty of The darkness outside the place Of our internment. I am more like those Who defy the guards, Spit invective out of our windows’ bars And struggle like worms on hooks All the way to the room Where the men with rifles are waiting To blindfold us and open fire – Putting us out of their misery, The chains rattling … Continue reading John Tustin

John Tustin

John Tustin’s poetry has appeared in many literary journals, online and in print, in the last dozen years. fritzware.com/johntustinpoetry contains links to his published poetry online. THE GHOST OF LUKE KELLY The ghost of Luke Kelly Is haunting this room As I lift the lager And hear his banjo trilling On the wind; His voice gutting The meanderings of birds outside And the silence of this room That is slowly closing in As I wait for the real and final rain To fall. The ghost of Luke Kelly Like a mosquito in my ear As I crash to the bed And struggle … Continue reading John Tustin

John Tustin

John Tustin’s poetry has appeared in many literary journals, online and in print, in the last dozen years. fritzware.com/johntustinpoetry contains links to his published poetry online. EMPTY STATION I wait for you In an empty station: My footsteps echo, Unknown breezes irritate stray paper Into little whirlwinds just above the tracks. No passing trains, no announcements, As I pace from the bench to the information booth And then back to the bench. You will come. It is a cold and grimy station And I pass the time humming to myself And reading the advertisements flaking On the walls. I do not pray. … Continue reading John Tustin

John Tustin

John Tustin’s poetry has appeared in many literary journals, online and in print, in the last dozen years. fritzware.com/johntustinpoetry contains links to his published poetry online. AGILE ENOUGH You pretend to be clumsy With those ungainly hands and feet That knock over water glasses And trip over stones   But you were agile enough To duck my forward pass To block my affection And avoid my tender words   Leaving me dejected enough To hang my head To drop my cards To cry into my empty hands   You’re an emotional running back You’re a pitcher that gets out Of a bases … Continue reading John Tustin

John Tustin

John Tustin’s poetry has appeared in many literary journals, online and in print, in the last dozen years. fritzware.com/johntustinpoetry contains links to his published poetry online. MY BODY My body, soft and pallid; Shaky and stooped; Withering and bulgy. My body so close To the precipice of unholy. It is sad and it is fragile And it is yours to keep – My pathetic offering, All I have to give. It is yours to love And adore And you do! You do. NARROWER As I get older I feel everything becoming narrower. I feel life getting smaller and the inevitability of death … Continue reading John Tustin

John Tustin

John Tustin’s poetry has appeared in many literary journals, online and in print, in the last decade. fritzware.com/johntustinpoetry contains links to his published poetry online. IT USED TO SLAY ME It used to slay me Watching her clean her ears So carefully and fervently With cotton swabs After her eternity in the shower, Wearing nothing but a t-shirt and panties – Thinking to myself about the moment, her in the moment, Me witnessing the moment, Thinking about the perfection of it: A masterpiece of a moment To be painted over and over In different contexts, from other angles Until the day one … Continue reading John Tustin

John Tustin

John Tustin’s poetry has appeared in many literary journals, online and in print, in the last decade. fritzware.com/johntustinpoetry contains links to his published poetry online. AS I ESCAPE THE BURNING BUILDING As I escape the burning building From the middle floor Shimming down tied bedsheets Fastened to the iron bars on the window I finally chiseled away   I realize all my love letters to you Reside in there About to blacken and crumple And burn to dust   And I fall to the ground Lucky to only break my leg   And as I writhe there On the winter hardened yellowed … Continue reading John Tustin

Impspired Issue 15

Issue 15 Aren’t we doing well. When Issue 1 came out we were worried if we would get enough interest to ensure an Issue 2. Now, I am releasing this and having to turn my attention to what is to come. It has been a very trying month on a personal level, the ability to work with these wonderful writers in finding a way to help them share there work with the world has given me the escape, relief and sanity that was needed. Select a writer, click there name and see what they have to offer. A Mehreen Ahmed … Continue reading Impspired Issue 15

Impspired Issue 13

Issue 13 13 may be an unlucky number for some. That was it, the whole statement. What? Did you think it would have some BUT attached. Nope… not this time. Just a statement of fact. And although we may not have to suffer the same woe as the Templars burned at the request of a greedy king we can probably all find out moment of bad luck in the last month or two if we looked for it. What I found in the compiling of this issue was hope, friendship, passion, love, honesty and bravery in spades. My faith in … Continue reading Impspired Issue 13

Impspired Issue 11

11. We made it to 11. In numerology 11 is special, the reason is this number carries a vibrational frequency of balance. Number eleven signifies invention, refinement, fulfilment, vision, and congruence in a person. In astrology, the number eleven is considered a magical number that strikes a balance of emotion, thoughts, and spirits. If you don’t believe in numerology maybe we can apply the logic of spinal tap. Issue 10 was great, we were really happy with Issue 10. Where do you go from there? Well “These go to eleven.” Find a writer and click their name to learn more … Continue reading Impspired Issue 11