Thick With Conviction - A Poetry Journal
thick with conviction a poetry journal

MaryAnn McCarra-Fitzpatrick

Building Blocks

sans hands and feet,
perpetually walking across his
diamond of yellow bright
black bordered, featureless,
suspended, forever, in

the blocks, too, have fallen
together so that they read:
mene, mene, tekel, upharsin...
before they are gathered up
in awkward handfuls to be
thrown back into the

still the carpets to be cleaned,
the dividing lines of the tiles
abraded with bleach and
water, the errant
marks of pencil smoothed
off a wall, the accidental
erased with a
heavy hand, heavier heart

Crazed Cup

under the sink they are,
lined up, the forgotten
carafes, skewers for a
barbeque, behind a jumble

of flowerpots, paintpots, coffee-
and-teapots, the held-onto-
just-in-case, the broken
vessel, chipped, who might

just do in a pinch, and
thankful, too, we'll be, not
having that easy habit of
discarding others, the broken,

the imperfect, the slightly
the crazing on an old cup a
map of all those days gone by

long forgotten, along with
their random imperfections,
dwarfed by the blazing of the sun,
remembering how hot it was...

MaryAnn McCarra-Fitzpatrick has been published in MoonLit, Make Room for Dada, Mount Vernon Times, Westchester Times Tribune, Mount Vernon Today, Mount Vernon Inquirer, Mount Vernon Independent, OBSOLETE! Magazine, and Contemporary Literary Horizon and has read her work at ABC No Rio, Centerfold Coffeehouse, Manhattan College, Lola's Tea House, The Back Fence, Mount Vernon Public Library, Blue Door Gallery, and AC-BAW Center for the Arts. She lives in Mount Vernon, New York with her husband and their three sons.



Current Issue:
June 2011


Holly Day
Karen Kelsay
Don Kloss
Kayla McAuliffe
MaryAnn McCarra-Fitzpatrick
Carson Nunnally
Sam Piccone
Christina Rau
Bill Roberts
Lucille Shulklapper
Jason Sturner