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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Pushcart nominee Bruce McRae is a Canadian musician with over 900 poems published internationally, including, Rattle and The North American Review. His first book, 'An Unbecoming Fit of Frenzy', is available now via Amazon Books. To see and hear more poems go to 'BruceMcRaePoetry' on YouTube.

Bruce McRae

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Out Of The Way Place

A little juke-joint in a forgotten borough.
Where the sunset goes at the end of a long day,
demented jazz playing into the demon-hours,
fallen angels serving us our black wine,
women with the heads of horses bringing us
dishes of meat, platters of sun-fattened strawberries,
moving with just a hint of what it is to be divine,
of what it means to be in the service of the infinite.

My fellow metaphysicians, enter, if you will,
a roadside inn outside of space and time,
discordant voices arguing in its back kitchen,
incense and perfume performing their heady dance,
the goat-footed proprietor counting souls like money.
Unashamed in his nakedness.