Thursday, September 8, 2022


drunk again at the exchange,

it’s been five months since 

i’ve found myself here


i sift through internalized poems,

like swiping through fifteen 

pounds of spiderwebs


sometimes there’s too much 

to write about and not 

enough time


outside the sun shines through  

the darkness of the bar


poems swirl in my head

as i drown sorrows

in my heart


i think of your silly smile 

and how i can’t 

always fix 



i pay my tab and exit into the sun


the sky is blue, so very blue.

Tohm Bakelas is a social worker in a psychiatric hospital. He was born in New Jersey, resides there, and will die there. His poems have appeared in numerous journals, zines, and online publications. He has published 18 chapbooks and 2 collections of poetry. His forthcoming collection “The Ants Crawl In Circles” will be published by Whiskey City Press in Summer 2022. He runs Between Shadows Press.
Instagram: @flexyourhead