photo by Greg Semendinger/NYPDT

Seasonal Affective Disorder – Poem by Lisa M. Scuderi-Burkimsher & John C. Mannone

Photo credit: Greg Semendinger/NYPDT

On the day after, we walked from downtown,
from our apartment to 14th Street to catch a train
to Penn Station, but the subway was closed.

Most streets were glutted with silence, empty
of the usual yellow cabs with their impatient horns,
and people, except for one block just east of here.

The healthy ones, with that zombie look, lined-up
close to give all they could spare of their blood
to those who had spilled theirs yesterday.

The sky had an eerie light scattering through
the heavy dust still settling on them, along with
a choking malaise that still recurs every year.

Lisa M. Scuderi-Burkimsher & John C. Mannone

Lisa M. Scuderi-Burkimsher was born and raised on Staten Island, New York. Her love of writing came from her love of reading. She took online writing courses to hone her skill and is currently involved with an online writing critique group and a fiction book club. Her flash fiction story “The Big Duke,” was published in September of 2015. She had several micro flash pieces published the same year, including “The Plunge.” She also has flash stories in Whitesboro Writers anthologies (Winter Writes and Halloween Musings & Amusings) and Grey Wolfe Publishing anthologies. Lisa currently resides on Long Island, New York with her husband, Rick, and her little dogs, Lucy Lu and Breanna Sue.


John C. Mannone has work in Artemis Journal, Poetry South, Blue Fifth Review, New England Journal of Medicine, Peacock Journal, Gyroscope Review, Baltimore Review, Pedestal, Wordgathering: Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature, Poetica: Journal of Contemporary Jewish Writing and others. He’s a Jean Ritchie Fellowship winner in Appalachian literature (2017) and served as Celebrity judge for the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (2018). He has three poetry collections, including Flux Lines (Celtic Cat Publishing) forthcoming in 2018. He’s been nominated for Pushcart, Rhysling, Dwarf Stars and Best of the Net awards. He edits poetry for Abyss & Apex, Silver Blade, and Liquid Imagination. He’s the president of the Chattanooga Writers’ Guild and a retired professor of physics in east TN. http://jcmannone.wordpress.com

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