Poem While Waiting for the Diagnosis by John Sweet


Poem While Waiting for the Diagnosis


     back yard filled with sunlight,

                                           flowers,

                                             ghosts,

and even here there is emptiness


even here there is still

the idea of there


a bridge reaching only halfway

across the river

and the river filled with corpses


a civil war


a genocide


means less if you’re in love,

if you’re 10,000 miles away


means less if you

make it mean less


an infinite number of kingdoms

filled with an infinite number

                            of monsters


the difference between

a god and a lie


good luck figuring out

which is which



John Sweet sends greetings from the rural wastelands of upstate NY. He is a firm believer in writing as catharsis, and in the continuous search for an unattainable and constantly evolving absolute truth. His latest poetry collections include A FLAG ON FIRE IS A SONG OF HOPE (2019 Scars Publications) and A DEAD MAN, EITHER WAY (2020 Kung Fu Treachery Press).