“Flatline” by Mark Hammerschick

Sideways 

rain

belches caustic thunder

lighted supernova

hang ten dude

ride that wave

through the view

of a hollow lens

like an eye surprised

by lost sight

monitors

buzz, rattle and roll

a body

squirms

knowing it will soon

be worms

eyes glazed donuts

tears

fears

deers in headlights

then

gone

a flat green line

in the gloaming

gone


Mark’s poem “solarity” recently won third prize in the 2020 Highland Park Poetry Challenge. He writes fiction and poetry and has been published sporadically. He holds a BA in English from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and a BS and MBA. He is a lifelong resident of the Chicago area and currently lives on the north shore, most of his professional career has been focused on digital strategy and online consulting as a digital architect and transformation strategist.

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