Old Building
by Martina Reisz Newberry

  1. You only have to look
  2. at the neon sign                 with one or two letters missing
  3. to know that this is a diner,
  4. a bar,
  5. a motel
  6. where desperation thrives.
  1. The asphalt parking lot              sports dry grass and puddles of oily water.
  2. The entrance is colorless
  3. and peeling,
  4. broken corner of the glass door
  5. hasn’t been mended properly              duct tape (now 30 years old & dirt encrusted).
  1. Nude and nearly nude bodies
  2. propped in seats,
  3. in this uproarious silence of bitter beer
  4. on stools,
  5. or beds;
  6. cyan bodies              cyan the color of the air inside.
  1. They are loyal and they remember everything
  2. that has happened to them and           are certain of the future –
  3. its compulsions,
  4. its timelessness.
  1. Reality, they tell us,
  2. is a brute. Still, we are here.
  3. This is what we know.
Packingtown Review – Vol.15, Spring 2021

Martina Reisz Newberry's newest collection is Blues for French Roast with Chicory (Deerbrook Editions, 2019). Newberry has been included in It Happened Under Cover, Ascent Aspirations’ first two hard-copy anthologies, also in the anthologies In The Company Of Women, Blessed Are These Hands and Veils, and Halos & Shackles: International Poetry on the Oppression and Empowerment of Women.

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