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Tohm Bakelas

tohm.jpgTohm Bakelas is a social worker in a psychiatric hospital. He was born in New Jersey, resides there, and will die there. His poems have been featured in the Outlaw Poetry Network, Nixes Mate Review, Sheila-Na-Gig online, Piker Press, The Raw Art Review (forthcoming), Tower Journal (forthcoming), and he has a recently published and sold out chapbook Orphan Crows (Analog Submission Press, July 2018).


small victories

i came home from the hospital
and before i could even get outside my car
my wife was waiting at the door
she looked pissed
she said “there’s fucking garbage everywhere.”
i looked around and saw nothing
she said “not out here, it’s in the can. something ate through all the bags. maybe a
so i took a look
sure enough the bags were shredded
and garbage was a mess in the can
i said “the garbage men will just have to pick up the can and shake it into the truck.”
she stood there
not saying a word
she crossed her arms
let out this low “hmm”
went inside
and left the door open
another day i have survived at work
another night i have conquered at home.
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