Muscadine Lines: A Southern Journal

Paper Dolls Shaded Green

Clifford K. Watkins, Jr.

There will be no blackened trees
No charred remains
Void of smoldering coals
No five-year plan
No consolidation
Or cohesion of goals

Only four unclasped hands
Screaming futility

Too eager to be wise
No more gelatin brains
Or cosmic ooze
Will roll from their eyes

Simple lies
Uttered with tactfulness
And aplomb
A vision in the clouds
The solon meets the finite sky
So high

No ruins
No chimney debris
The improbable expansion of clueless tiers
Ample increments of sadness
Counterfeit discipline
And wasted years

Two sticks rubbed together
Long enough to spark an inferno
Of towering flames
Yet perforated paper dolls
Remain uncut


Clifford K. Watkins, Jr., is a writer/poet/lyricist/rapper originally from High Point, North Carolina. Some of his publishing credits include: Underground Window, Endzville, Infinite Glass, Prism Quarterly, Cynic Magazine, Seeker Magazine, Oracular Tree, Poetic Voices, Ygdrasil, Poetry Stop, Zygote In My Coffee, Wildchild Publishing, Forever Underground Magazine, Muscadine Lines, Poet's Haven, Lit Vision, Interpoetry, Canopic Jar, Winamop, Long Story Short, TM Poetry, The Toe Tree Journal, The Persistent Mirage, A Darker Vision, Emptiness Spills, Red Fez, Words Words Words, Vain Glory, The Voyager, Tears For Eternity, and Green Brier Review. A Painter's Ghost is Clifford's first novella: a nonstop psychological thriller told from a drifter's unique perspective—a four-pane window.

© Clifford K. Watkins, Jr.

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