by P M F Johnson
Poems chewed by dogs have gaps.
They’re tug-of-warred by opposing packs
dragged off, stolen from somewhere
the rich marrow in the middle now
half-ripped. The edges rolled in dirt
hard to read,
barely more than a word spared to explain
P M F Johnson’s poetry has been published in the Apple Valley
Review, Threepenny Review, North American Review, Nimrod,
Evansville Review, Main Street Rag, Measure, and others. His
poems appear in several Best Of anthologies. Johnson has three
fantasy novels available on Amazon and lives in Minneapolis with
his wife, writer Sandra Rector.
I wrote “Apology” while thinking about how difficult
apologizing can be, how we kind of sidle up to it, hope maybe we
don’t actually have to say the words, get entirely sidetracked
thinking about something else . . . Any inferring by the reader
that I owed an apology to my wife and wrote this instead is strictly,
of course, out of bounds.
◄ Previous page Apple Valley Review, Spring 2015 Next Page ►
Apple Valley Review:
A Journal of Contemporary
Volume 10, Number 1
Copyright © 2015
by Leah Browning, Editor.
All future rights to material
published in the Apple
Valley Review are retained
by the individual authors