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December 2019 - Year 21 - Issue 6

ISSN 1755-9715

Pride-less

Joseph D. Stec was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio (USA) to a family of Polish and Ukrainian immigrants. After studying English Literature at Miami University, he worked on the American Stock Exchange in New York City. After witnessing the lingering devastation of the September 11th firsthand, he moved to Poland to lecture at university. Joseph has since also lived and worked in Ukraine, Russia, Istanbul, Belgrade, Taiwan, and South Korea.
 

Pride-less

 

No pride,

only envy.

 

A Lost pack is packed away

caged off

and caged in,

completely and quietly castrated

 

The King of the Caravan

is parked aside a concrete castle

court-less

excluding clown and jester

 

Prairie picnics-

bloodless paws drip of ersatz steak

force-fed

from frozen jungles

from non-trophy huntresses

 

Reduced to prey

as

covetous brothers

telepathically trade chains

 

Only envy,

no pride.

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