Youth with Theremin

You played war in the churchyard
before time shuffled you
like a hurried card trick

into drum lines and fields
of play that led to beer kegs
and tremors with someone

in the tall grass. Soon, you hear
a wavy theremin
like from an old Twilight

episode, but it's
just you, walking by the old
church in middle age

with crickets droning
over sounds of children at war
long past supper.

Joe Hess received his MA in Poetry from Miami University and his MFA from Ashland University. You can find his work in Marathon Literary Review, The Ekphrastic Review, Lime Hawk Literary Arts Collective, and in the 2017 released anthology from Shabda Press entitled Nuclear Impact: Broken Atoms in Our Hands. His personal website has access to more of his publications at: jmhess.ink