Joyelle Osburn

Rookie (1976 / Tennessee)

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  • Brett Ackerman (7/31/2006 2:22:00 AM)

    Keep the poetry coming down the pike keeps the day a litle brighter.

  • Paul Slinski Paul Slinski (4/8/2005 10:14:00 PM)

    Nice to see you, my lovely.
    I hope you get something out of this place.

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Best Poem of Joyelle Osburn


Most of the time, it comes
with admonition.
Moments clash like waves
of cutting tide.
I spill without alarm.

The force of ten thousand thieves
steal my psyche; using my pain
to prey the dead.
I wake with forty winks, through
the stale night, only to skid
into this exact coma; screaming;
sweating; swallowing my tongue.

Most the time, I can't breathe.
I feel dyspeptic; thoughts are forever
someplace not precisely where
they ought to be.
Spikes take hold of my brain;
cooked and mawkish.

The only time I feel safe
is when I ...

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