Anser Journal

Two Poems

By Riley Bounds

Nocturnal.
Bit my thumb
hard enough
to draw blood
and dragged it
along the side
of a building,
mark where
I’ve been.
Felt the wall
give and cave
like the ribcage
of something
that only
hates,
and I’ve walked
so far
now
that I don’t know
if I have
the energy
to follow it
back.

Ketamine Prayer.
I followed
the arc of rainbows
and found
the pool
where all the
water
stops
and their prism
corpses
float
bloated
like any other
gray
dog
brought out
by
the sun.


Riley Bounds’ work has appeared or is forthcoming in Ekstasis Magazine, Amethyst Review, Heart of Flesh Literary Journal, This Present Former Glory: An Anthology of Honest Spiritual Literature, and Saccharine Poetry, among others. He is Editor of Solum Press and its imprint, Solum Journal. He is pursuing an MA in Philosophy from Talbot School of Theology and resides in La Mirada, California.