Seeking Solace 2ab” © Edward Michael Supranowicz



It is that great bundle that titillates my yearnings;
That cagey combination of blood orange sunsets and lambent moons;
Pellucid mornings and dazzling noons;
Ready made peace that would
Piece together my amorphous path,
Emblematic of my mind:
The zenith of my existence!
Harkening back to crisp wastelands of my youth;
Yearning for what was then
The great mystery of years yet to be golden,
Plenty of time to furnish fantasies forbidden;
Only then it dawns on me
My wish is being manifested as a
Prima facie case of disillusionment
As time lapses like a creep! from
And crescendoing years….
Juvenility transmutes to opaque memories to remember
Sitting by a river watching the water flicker;
I try with my lacquered eyes to soak in its luminosity;
Heeding echoes of forsaken adolescence like the jocular exuberance
Of tykes doing a rough-hewn dance;
Rather than be bereaved in a coffin of longing and regret
I am gradually grateful for LIVING!
As the precarious impermanence of life persists
Just breathe and don’t resist…
Heed the following:
Resistance to existence is the root of suffering!
Nurture and trust your light and don’t judge the universe,
For it is unfolding as it most likely should…
Don’t be an “I am this…” or an “I am that…”
Just BE and like the light of forever.
You will assuredly shimmer!


Jacques Stanley Fleury is a Haitian-American Poet, Author and Educator. He holds an undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts and is currently pursuing graduate studies in the literary arts at Harvard University online. Once on the editing staff of The Watermark, a literary magazine at the University of Massachusetts, his first book Sparks in the Dark: A Lighter Shade of Blue, A Poetic Memoir was featured in and endorsed by the Boston Globe. His second book: It’s Always Sunrise Somewhere and Other Stories is a collection of short fictional stories dealing with the human condition as the characters navigate life’s foibles and was featured on Good Reads. His current book and hitherto magnum opus Chain Letter to America: The One Thing You Can Do to End Racism, A Collection of Essays, Fiction and Poetry Celebrating Multiculturalism explores xenophobia in America and is available at The Harvard Book Store, Barnes and Noble and Amazon. His CD A Lighter Shade of Blue as a lyrics writer in collaboration with the neo-folk musical group Sweet Wednesday is available on Amazon, iTunes & Spotify to benefit Haitian charity St. Boniface.

Edward Michael Supranowicz is the grandson of Irish and Russian/Ukrainian immigrants. He grew up on a small farm in Appalachia. He has a grad background in painting and printmaking. Some of his artwork has recently or will soon appear in Fish Food, Streetlight, Another Chicago Magazine, The Door Is A Jar, The Phoenix, and The Harvard Advocate. Edward is also a published poet who has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize multiple times