"Juliet" and "Greenheys Road"


Wearing the Earth
like a robe,
I flew across the world
I could see
the buried memories
in the trees,
and I could find
no one
to hurt
the two of us outside of
you and me.
I knew you when
you were nothing.
And then
I knew you when you were
And then I met you
as you were
from friend to friend.
Each one leaving you
to weep in the
You had that look
in your eyes
that said tonight was
the day.
And I wish you had known me
when the sun was bright.



Greenheys Road

The vessels of love crowd in.
Their traumas hidden
among the reeds.
No love is lost or given to them
as they clutter the minds
of thieves.
Strong, sober and drunk
I come to you.
My weakness revealed
in my glee.
And book-like I pray on
your need
to comfort -- sometimes.
Now there is light.
And now there is dark.
And that is the way that you
can pay
the charity you give
to men like me.



Jeffrey Side has had poetry published in various magazines such as Poetry Salzburg Review, and on poetry websites such as Underground Window, A Little Poetry, Poethia, Nthposition, Eratio, Pirene’s Fountain, Fieralingue, Moria, Ancient Heart, Blazevox, Lily, Big Bridge, Jacket, Textimagepoem, Apochryphaltext and Dusie. He has reviewed poetry for Jacket, Eyewear, The Colorado Review, New Hope International, Stride, Acumen and Shearsman. From 1996 to 2000 he was the deputy editor of The Argotist magazine. His books include Carrier of the Seed, Distorted Reflections, Slimvol, Collected Poetry Reviews 2004-2013, Cyclones in High Northern Latitudes (with Jake Berry) and Outside Voices: An Email Correspondence (with Jake Berry).


Edited for Unlikely by Jonathan Penton, Editor-in-Chief
Last revised on Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 07:46