August Newsletter: Poem of the Month and 99 cent book sale!


Greetings from Backroad Poetry,


Our Poem of the month is, “My suction cup arrow shot in the dark.” This piece is included in the book, ‘Country Songs and Backroad Love Notes,’ which is on sale in ebook format during the month of August 2017 (paperback is $8.95). Below is a link to the book at Amazon.


My suction cup arrow shot in the dark


Sun swept and long day weary,

you look as perfect as a New Year’s Eve lipstick

after a Mid Atlantic carnival Labor Day.

I start by reading your blouse buttons in Braille

by single flame, queen sized bedroom candlelight,

like the way I wanted to check your body for ticks

after yesterday’s sunset walk along Maryland waterfalls.

Now lying behind you I kiss the small of your back,

realizing it’s the perfect place to hold my new love rather

than some old hurt. With one hand I trace a heart on

your shoulder blade while your mind straddles dreams

and dawn, and with the other hand I hold on tightly

to all that you’ve shown and taught me

as if you are the last thing I’ll ever want to learn.

And as all of the past pain, both yours and mine,

flows over the side of the bed,

and your little body is drowning

in our sea of sheets and blankets

I take careful aim with a carnival midway ring toss prize

at the moon out the window, and proudly make you

my suction cup arrow shot in the dark.


Copyright 2017 Steven Harz



Thanks for reading – I hope you enjoy the end of your summer!

Published by Steven Harz

Steven Harz was the 2013 winner of the international People's Poetry Contest and is a three-time winner of The Iron Writer Challenge. Steve still writes poetry, but now it rhymes and is put to music - either acoustic with a Martin or electric with a Gretsch. Songwriting influences are: John Prine, Townes Van Zandt, Blze Foley, Jessi Alexander, Tyler Childers, Lori McKenna, Gabe Lee, Luz, Cleto Cordero, Jason Isbell, and of course, Willie and Dolly! Music is available on all streaming platforms - please check it out!

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