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

James H. Duncan

You may have noticed


that you are not in my Death letter;

I wrote it in the flush of another

anxiety attack that shut down my

entire nervous system, my heart,

my eyes and balance, and all I

could do was work my fingers

like ten dead mules in the desert,

and line by line I laid it all out:

  donít run my body through a wake

  donít bury me in a box like the others

  donít mourn or wail or even whisper

just put me in the ground as is,

somewhere where the worms can

do their work, where tree roots

can sift through, where the rain

can seep down and wash my bones,

and leave my words to the bearded

man, and leave my love to the blonde,

leave my picture on the bedside stand,

and cast my memory away like

a penny from a pocket,

as clean as the day you dropped

it down the drain

A tramp, a gentleman, a poet, a dreamer, a lonely fellow, always hopeful of romance and adventure. James H Duncan is a magazine editor and freelance writer living in New York City, and he is the founder of Hobo Camp Review, an online literary 'zine. Twice nominated for the 'Best of the Net,' his poetry and short stories have found homes in dozens of publications, including Red Fez, Underground Voices, and Poetry Salzberg Review. More at


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December 2011


Russ Brickey
Jackson Burgess
Robert Demaree
James H. Duncan
Carol Lynn Grellas
Paul Hostovsky
Seif-Eldeine Och
Jane Olivier
Timothy Pilgrim
Russell Rowland
M. Travis Walsh