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Patrick Theron Erickson


Patrick Theron Erickson, a resident of Garland, Texas, a Tree City, just south of Duck Creek, is a retired parish pastor put out to pasture himself. His work has appeared in Grey Sparrow Journal, Cobalt Review, and Burningword Literary Journal, among other publications, and more recently in Sheila-Na-Gig, The Main Street Rag, Tipton Poetry Journal, Right Hand Pointing, and Danse Macabre.


She took seven
heavy river rocks
Why? Because the river
never looks back
and there’s so much water
under the bridge already
seven heavy river rocks
Why not eight?
I don’t know
Maybe she was
Maybe she was heavier
on one side than another
She was multifaceted
maybe she was top heavy
or bottom light
Why heavy?
Because pumice floats
She took seven
heavy river rocks
put them in her pockets
and walked into the river
and never looked back
and never came back up
Why? Because the river
that never looks back
never forgets
never forgets to bury its dead
because there’s too much water
under the bridge already.
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