AMP. Always Electric.

Volume 2, No. 1

Ruby and the Romantics

As it turns out we don’t have much of anything.
We used to have something, but we don’t anymore.
What we have left is a mockery of what little we had.

Love never brought the joy we thought it might
or they said it would and what we shared was what
we gave each other when we were down on our luck.

So many of us have lived with pain none of us can
begin to describe. It’s all come crashing down,
hasn’t it? We were never golden or made of light.

Forlorn and death-tinted, we still don’t know
what pushes us or pulls at us. No one can explain why
our day never came and why it never will.


John Surowiecki

John Surowiecki is the author of eleven books of poetry; the twelfth, Martha Playing Wiffle Ball in Her Wedding Dress and Other Poems, will be published in 2017 by Encircle Publications.  John is also the winner of the 2017 Nilson Prize for a First Novel for his Pie Man, published next fall by Southeastern Missouri State Press.