The Square Earth by Jeffery Martin


When your time is not your own

how much solace can be found

in small bits of memory

constantly interrupted by the environment

not of your choosing


Can pictures truly melt the reality

of brick steel and barbed wire

where the intent is to cast

you headlong into a brutish fog

separating you from the tendencies

which make you human


Doesn’t an appetite dictated by jingling keys

suffer from the peril of having no choice

although its hunger be addressed


Angry spirits cannot transcend

the moments

sometimes years

if housed in a place

of loathing and contempt


With so many places to see

the reality stings

as it places too many

on small cots

in small rooms

with locked doors

impeding any attempt to

view a star-filled sky


© Jeffery Martin

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20645101_10210024379835016_6687973742195305575_oAbout the Author

Author Jeffery Martin has written 10 books and contributed poetry to 7 anthologies. “Weapon of Choice” won the 2008 New Jersey Beach Book Festival ‘Best Book of Poetry’ and honorable mention in both the New York Book Festival and London Book Festival. Mr. Martin, a storyteller, has also used stories to inspire classrooms and youth groups in both New York and California. While living in Rochester New York he founded the BEHOLD Theater group (he hopes to kick start this again) which introduced to youth to various disciplines within the arts, ranging from Poetry to Fencing. Recently retired from the Los Angeles Unified School District he plans on taking poetry, drumming and storytelling on the road to reach a broader audience. He is currently writing a film script with hopes of releasing it sometime in 2018. His most recent book is “Jus Sayin” released in June 2017 is a myriad of thoughts he has shared over social media over the past few years.

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