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Paul Ilechko

Poet and songwriter Paul Ilechko lives with his partner in Lambertville, NJ. He is the author of several chapbooks. His work has appeared in a variety of journals, including The Night Heron Barks, Feral Journal, Iron Horse Literary Review, Gargoyle Magazine, and Book of Matches. His first album, “Meeting Points”, was released in 2021.

Foggy Road Sonnet

Driving in the fog      thinking about what      if anything
we believe in      thinking about a man who is
dying in the ICU      old but not old      a righteous man
in his own way      it’s been a hard winter with so much
suffering      it’s been a hard decade      even though we
managed to keep the money trickling in      we managed
to keep the candles permanently lit      and the wine cold
and the TV kept the boredom at bay      and when we
needed something more      something different
there was always the car      and the thickening fog
and a wet      winding      road that carved a line
around the spareness of the topology of landscape
a road without any sense of time      darkly discreet
a road that could possibly have taken us anywhere.
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