Brain Freeze by Alan Catlin

He stood by the bar,
stunned to silence in
mid-sentence as if
something inside had
overheated like a car
engine where gears
no longer meshed,
gaskets no longer sealed,
all vital fluids heated
to a rolling boil, steam
filling all the emptiness
and about to leak out.
Or, worse,  a fire
started, embers became
flame, oil black smoke,
gasoline fed about to
completely combust,
a petite mal turning gran;
everyone standing back,
leaving plenty of space
and fresh air as if he
were about to explode.

Alan Catlin is a widely published poet in the US of A and elsewhere.  His most recent book is “Books of the Dead: a memoir with poetry” about the deaths of his parents.  He is a retired professional barman and the editor of the online poetry zine  misfitmagazine.net.

Alan Catlin is a widely published poet in the US of A and elsewhere. His most recent book is “Books of the Dead: a memoir with poetry” about the deaths of his parents. He is a retired professional barman and the editor of the online poetry zine misfitmagazine.net.

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