Barely in the Naked Light

by Jesse Anger

              — for Uncle Dave

The empty chamber howls
through the hollow in the chest.

Only ifs have focused him
on the pistol's sight.

He loads each silver silo.
He empties out the rain,

his gaze fixed on the broken
column of the man in him.

He raises his right hand,
gives way to the barreling wind, rends—

red widens in the overt light.
Black around him. Davie found him

under the stairs in the hum of old wiring
slumped, doubled at the waist,

with a hole in his chest.
And with the face of a saint

the remnant time closing in.
Barely in the naked light.


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Far Too Close by Jesse Anger is a composite of Blasted Tree originals and previously published work. For information about the publication history of Far Too Close, please read the Acknowledgements (Acknowledgements & Thanks).

ISBN [Digital]: 978-0-9938364-7-3

Cover Design by Kyle Flemmer - Cover Image by Dimitri Castrique