Leigh Herrick

a ballad of thirst

Is it soiled—possibly bloodied—the dark*

Is it hung to a semblance of clouds Hinged to What

Maybe it’s a phrased cache a catchment of pooled time a

UniVers[e]al Mis-Vibration in circular notion of


Maybe it’s just the next forgettable basin of meme

or a bio-based Philosophy of First—or


it’s just the same



unquenchable ballad of thirst—

*Ann Lauterbach, “Alice in the Wasteland,” with allusion to Langston Hughes’ “Harlem”

Leigh Herrick is a poet, writer and recording artist. A two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Herrick's first book, HOME FRONT Poems of the Bush II Years, was released in October 2012. For more info please visit
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