Startling Poetry: from Aelinos


I chose two very short poems,  from the book Aelinos* by Jai M. McGrainer, a chilling and original volume. Definitely recommend you pick up a copy!


*By the way, “aelinos” means a “dirge” or “a song of suffering.”


Something Like an Apple

when everyone else thought my life had been taken,

you held silent vigil to pray I’d waken.

You hoped a kiss might bribe The Reaper to forestall;

the gods were silent, and I was dead after all.



A customer reprimanded me on

the day you put my dog down,

“Hey there, doll face, smile more!”