Baltic post

He’s wearing a black mask
as if
someone had dealt him the ace of spades
when we all know it’s only Russian roulette.

better to be safe than secure?
sure looks like a bullet to me

Through the openings of his eyes where
the dream lives on and dies
I see tomorrow in the background
a blackground for the black mask

I want to ask him then about now,
but don’t know how to phrase
the question.

The chamber spins and
the dealer.grins in that
Russian kind of way,

© 2020, John Smallshaw.