Zvi A. Sesling







Long Finger


Death wears a black tuxedo

black shirt, black tie, black

socks and shoes


Death wears nail polish on a

long finger that points to

the black unknown


Death has black teeth

a black gaping mouth

drinks black blood of remorse


Death’s black is the black

of long eternity, of wandering

black hallways searching for the right door



Horror Movie


She offer herself and you say


She offers herself again, you say


She leaves

You kick yourself in the mouth

No, you didn’t stick your foot

in your mouth

Just kicked it trying to get

the word


to come out

But it is too late

She has left

Pour a drink

Watch the late show

horror movie

That you have just

acted out



Yellow Walls


Yellow walls is all she sees

faces coming through walls

now clowns or Sweeney Todds

with straight razors


She sees aliens in those yellow walls

with beaks and antennae

yellow eyes, feet that never touch

the ground


There are worms in yellow walls

that threaten to wrap around her

to swallow her whole like Jonah

like eternity


Yellow walls, bleeding walls with

red streaks, blotches of red, eyes

turn red, finally padded walls for

her solitude











Zvi A. Sesling has published poetry in numerous magazines both in print and online in the United States, Great Britain, New Zealand, Canada and Israel. Among the publications are:  Ibbetson St.,  Midstream, Poetica,The Deronda Review, Voices Israel, Saranac Review, New Delta Review, Plainsong, Asphodel, Haz Mat Review, Istanbul Literary Review, The Chaffin Journal, Ship of Fools, Chiron Review, Poetry Monthly Interational, Matrix, The Tower, New Vilna Review and Main Street Rag. He was awarded Third Place (2004) and First Prize (2007) in the Reuben Rose International Poetry Competition and was a finalist in the 2009 Cervena Barva Press Chapbook Contest. In 2008 he was selected to read his poetry at New England/Pen “Discovery” by Boston Poet Laureate Sam Cornish. He was a featured reader in the 2010 Jewish Poetry Festival in Brookline, MA. His poems have been published in the U.S., Canada, England, Israel and New Zealand.  He is a regular reviewer for the Boston Small Press and Poetry Scene and he edits the Muddy River Poetry Review. He is author of King of the Jungle, (Ibbetson St., 2010) and a chapbook Across Stones of Bad Dream (Cervana Barva, 2011) and a second full length poetry book, Fire Tongue (Cervena Barva) is scheduled for 2011.

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