Friday, April 15, 2016

John Pursch- A Poem

John Pursch lives in Tucson, Arizona. Twice nominated for Best of the Net, his work has appeared in many literary journals. A collection of his poetry, Intunesia, is available at Check out his experimental lit-rap video at He’s @johnpursch on Twitter and john.pursch on Facebook.

Admirable Chesty Numbnuts

Admirable Chesty Numbnuts, hermaphroditic sailor of the leavened seas, sashays through streams of finest seasick youth, from bulkhead bilge to boatswain’s bilious bicuspid, lisping nautical behind mildly concupiscent smile.

Eight bells are ringing, have rung, and now go silent. Vibratory haze, electric fragment of salt-conditioned life, immerses us in ambient noise, twelve feet above the rails. Rows of encapsulated thunder rumble along, speckling deadwood rodeos with our favorite memories, spilling lifeblood folios in headstrong impetus to varied circumstance unseen.

A dotted climb, parietal chain, holistic blend of spurning taint to crested chasm, filling gaunt fishermen with webby tracks of shipyard dusk and looted storefront glass. Sharks caress the ocean floor with dorsal avenue invention, peaking often silent there beneath the graying sea-green slide.

Slipping now before theatrics buried, glimpsed unconscious bravely stumps for everyday impulsive drift of snowbound bottled fiction, gated cataclysms, conchs in jubilee destruction, fine serrated pension hearings, flickered fractal lecture notes, and keynote chapel doorsteps.

Hatches open, closets ooze eternal choices, belles resell in periodic gaze to casual gazebo trance to bus stop bottom-numbing set to wicker basketball saloon to tourist dust frenetic whimsy, bubbled into threaded skew.

Cushioned cashew sings along with long-departed urchin feet, sipping cool unfrosted melodies in silent dignity of golden sweat on sun-soaked isles of carousel erosion meat to tawny beachfront bassinet in thunderhead exfoliation.

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