"Prayer" and "Literary Matters"


Nobody’s walking on water
and the herd needs thinning.
We have had enough of your cross and blood.
Have you had enough of ours?
Can we now burn your temples?
Can we chase away the preachers
who would see the earth burn in your name?
The money changers were only the future.
There was always a light of the world
but no one saw it true. Now look at us.
There was always a light but you eclipsed it
and now your people bathe in our blood.
And now your people are fat and stupid
with their whips.
Nothing changes.
The Romans had it right. Bring on the lions.



Literary Matters

In some small book
on a shelf
in a house
no one visits
in some small book
no one will ever read
there is a poem
written about you
in a town where people
have given up
there is a poem in a small book
and that poem tells your fate
a brief poem
of haphazard music
in a house on a street
no one ever knew
but it is there
this poem written
only for you
it is there
this poem on the shelf
and in the house
waiting forever
decorating your dreams
and adorning the desperate pages



Jeff Weddle

Jeff Weddle is a poet, short story writer and small press historian living in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Among his thirteen books are the Welty Prize winning Bohemian New Orleans: The Story of the Outsider and Loujon Press (University Press of Mississippi, 2007), When Giraffes Flew: Short Stories (Southern Yellow Pine, 2015), and poetry collections Comes to This (Nixes Mate, 2017) Heart of the Broken World (Nixes Mate, 2017) Citizen Relent (Unlikely Books, 2019), A Puncher’s Chance (Rust Belt Press, 2019) and others. His most recent volume is Advice for Cannibals (Poetic Justice Books, 2022).


Edited for Unlikely by Jonathan Penton, Editor-in-Chief
Last revised on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 - 23:48