Ed Higgins

Ed Higgins

Ed Higgins’ poems and short fiction have appeared in various print and online journals including: Monkeybicycle, Danse Macabre, Ekphrastic Review, and Triggerfish Critical Review, among others. Ed is Asst. Editor for Brilliant Flash Fiction. He has a small farm in Yamhill, OR, raising a menagerie of animals—including a rooster named StarTrek.

Sisyphus takes the day off

what-ta-hell, fuck this
he snorts brushing
the dust from his shoulders
reeking sweat
a rictus grimace
bent with aching knees
ankles a mess
soles calloused
and slit

a deserved glass of white wine
to wash away the exhaustion

yes, wash the guilt too
offending Zeus

hopeless addled dreams

God knows he can’t be
switched to a worse punishment

every climb to the sky
a bittersweet birdsong
moments later fading into
echo off eroding canyon walls

his bruised heart over the years
hardened to grey stitched pain

in the winter
a fleece of snow
adding to the slipperiness
of the scree

fuck this, he says again.

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