?It Never Ends
by Frank Joussen
A single red rose in the middle. It?s a nice enough grave. Well, if you like this mixture of dentimeter and clyclamen. But her flowers had already withered. And I planted my red, red rose smack in the middle.
It was worth it all. Running away from the old people?s home, paying for the taxi, stumbling to my Joe?s grave in pain. Yes, my Joe. He?d been married to her for nearly fifty years and all. Never had I made contact during that time. Seen him once or twice in her company, but what good did that do? Never had I forgotten him. He was her husband, but my man, if you know what I mean. And I don?t want to shock her, but she?d better believe it now.
Frank Joussen is a German High School teacher and writer. He writes mainly in English and has been published in print and online magazines world wide. His first two collections of poems were published in India in 2008 and 2011.
Richard Edwards has a BFA in Creative Writing and Journalism from Bowling Green State University and an M.S. in Education from the University of Akron. Managing editor of Drunk Duck, poetry editor for Prairie Margins, reporter for Miscellany, Akron Journal, Lorain Journal, and The BG News. He has also worked as a professional writer and editor in the medical publishing industry for several years. For the last 15 years Richard has also taught literature and writing at the secondary and post-secondary levels. He works much of the time with at-risk students.