Photography © Glenn Bowie

 

Nobody Has Time for Art, but We Make Art Anyways

perhaps we could find ourselves
ritualistically shifting our bodies
alongside the banks of Lake Michigan
colored the blackest blue I’ve ever known.

perhaps your hand will find mine in
darkness
and the tense leaves will release a sound
under the footsteps of our own
solemn smiling dances
as I look into your darting eyes
the lightest blue I’ve ever known.

I can almost see you at the end of this long broken tunnel
with chips in the paint that seem nearly intentional
and as I poke my long body out from the end
I want desperately to rip open my palms of letting the blood of my right feed
the long dead trees of winter
while smearing the blood of my left
along the cold Chicago brick.

 

Adam Hadar is a poet living in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. In recent months, Adam has begun using the pseudonym Adam Hadar in order to more freely express himself while simultaneously preventing nosy members of his unbelievably small hometown from Googling his birthname to read his stories and poems and then mock him when he returns home (true story!).

Glenn Bowie is a published poet, lyricist and photographer from the Boston area. He also owns and operates an elevator company that supplies custom-built elevators for clients from New England to Hollywood. Author of two poetry and photograph collections (Under the Weight of Whispers and Into the Thorns and Honey) on Big Table Publishing, he donates all profits from his books to various charities for the homeless and local animal shelters.