David Nelson Bradsher is a native and resident of Raleigh, North Carolina. He is a 1989 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Co-author of 'Kindred Trinity' with David Lee Caudill and Lorraine Sautner, he is currently working on his books of poetry, 'Pieces of the Fortress' and 'The Vampire Sonnets, ' a story composed entirely in continuing Shakespearean sonnets. He is strongly influenced by the work of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Lord Alfred Tennyson, Andrew Motion, and Lord Byron, as well as the music of Marillion.
You might disown my bitter tone
and lump me in with crazy men,
but when I think and speak in ink
you'll have to kill my tilted pen
She rises painfully—without complaint—
haloed by silver-white in feathered hair,
and she assists her husband from his chair,
dragging her shadow like a burdened saint.
The suits are girded, rallying the troops
with power-point displays at Monday’s meeting,
explaining how a five-year fiscal “oops”
resulted in last week’s employee bleeding.