Two Poems


George Gad Economou






Flickering Lamplights



an empty world outside

the tiny window, strong gusts shake

the walls and no soul braces the wind, the

death that lingers in the air.


with a fifth of mezcal, the long hours turn to minutes;

across the street a young couple watches television,

children’s laughter is carried by the wind.


even the two lamplights in the street corners flicker;

a world standing still, no bars open, jobs lost, food

might get scarce in a month—no one notices the man

sleeping on a park bench, stay home to him means something

different than for most.


about a hundred years since the Spanish flu, is there

a circle? my old buddy with the horns and the scythe

guffaws and fills my lowball from his

neverending pitcher.





Fires in the Sky



sparrows on fire soar through purple

clouds of sorrow down the cruel pathway of yesterday where one

poet drank eighteen whiskies, murdered by a damn dumb quack then

legends born and warnings formed the nightingales on windowsills s-

it crying out roars for lost tomorrows the deathly and deadly warning of

morose nights to come down that a-way we all went dry tobacco wet martinis

in our flasks and pockets galloping in our broken down cars the neon signs we

crossed were out no hope in the air as the flaming sparrows came down to

the edge of the sidewalk hitchhiking rides to other times we offered they refused

we cried and drank and passed out in the freezing desert day the nights

too hot to handle we sweated buckets and wet martinis can only do

so much we had nothing else we swilled them down we drowned

phoenixes may rise from their ashes we do not we did

not we knowingly entered the madness unleashed beasts buried since

Plato’s and Timocreon’s time farewell world new beginnings final

preparations and the roadtrip’s long and one-way.









George Gad Economou holds a Master’s degree in Philosophy of Science and resides in Athens, Greece, doing freelance work whenever he can while searching for a new place to go.  His novella, Letters to S., was published in Storylandia Issue 30 and his short stories and poems have appeared in literary magazines, such as Adelaide Literary Magazine and Modern Drunkard Magazine, and his first poetry collection is slated for publication in 2021 by Adelaide Books. 



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