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On the Massacre River Bridge

05 April, 2019: On the Massacre River Bridge


On the Massacre River Bridge

by Sony Ton-Aimé​

The woman who pees standing
has fire between her legs. Beautiful
rusty streams, metal hitting tortoise
shell, iron cutting iron. Nothing less.
She travels miles with feet in the air,
elbows digging into ribs, lifting both
heavy hips and the baggage she carries.
With five mouths to feed, not time to pick
lost shoes. The good lord must sweep
thorny streets or else she would offer
a little blood sacrifice again.

“On the Massacre River Bridge” by Sony Ton-Aimé. Copyright Sony Ton-Aimé, 2018. Used by permission of the author.

Sony Ton-Aimé is the current fellow at the Wick Poetry Center. He is a third year MFA Candidate in the Northeast Ohio MFA program with Kent State University as his gateway. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Brainchild, Luna Negra, La Revista PingPong, The Oakland Review, Dunes Review and


Write a poem that ends with one of these words: the, because, and, however, therefore or heretofore.

N. K. Hasen
She smiled out behind screen. Her mouth open in doggy grin. Her paws just placed right upon keyword. She waited; eyes sparkled. A treat held up; camera ready. Snap; series of photos taken. Eagerly she took her treat. Again, I’d place her paws just right. Try to get her to look at computer. Place a treat in that direction. Another series snapping away. All gone is weekend of taking photos now that pup has passed away, however.
4/8/2019 8:36:26 PM

bettyann kovacs
slowly, little by little, the words cold, windy and snow are being squeezed out of the forecast by warmer, sunny and pleasant because..........
4/5/2019 8:35:16 PM

It was so hard to see over the
people who stood and
held their children high and
higher until the world became
a sea of shoulder blades,
swimming with
children’s bottoms and
so much more because
they wanted to stand.
Just because.
4/5/2019 8:19:12 PM

Passive aggressive
Minnesodans tell ya just
Enough to start the
4/5/2019 1:09:47 PM

I could so I should
But should I because I could?
Been there, done that
Rinse, lather, repeat
Stalling, lingering, getting stale
And growing old
I could do I should
But should I because I could?
Change my world, but make it better?
All the talent, make the time
I should! I should!
I could! I could!
But I won’t
Because, well because...
4/5/2019 12:59:32 PM

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