The River

judy lesko

The River

by Judy Lesko

You held me fast in a river

sweet and strong,

blind and dumb

while time passed on.

Your name my only words.

Swept away in desire’s current,

I saw what you saw

breathed when you breathed

dreamt as you dreamt.

You suddenly released me

without regret or thought.

My body surfaced again to light

cut to the bone and scarred in soul

by the sharpness of deceit

so soft, so silent.

I never knew the truth

until I watched

my blood

wash away

in the river of your lies.

Angsty poetry for Monday, part of my women’s novella now in progress.


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The Boy with the Boot


One of my residents used to tell me about the “Boy with the Boot” statue every day. I’ve been meaning to take a picture of it for 3 years. So I finally took some time to take pictures. I think I’ll go back during the daytime.
The original statue is on display at city hall in Sandusky, Ohio. It had been damaged by tornado in 1924 and more recently by vandals. The fountains and the statue are lit up at night. There used to be a statue of a mermaid but it’s missing.