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  April 2012
volume 9 number 1
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  Kathleen Kenny
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  Jan Steckel
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    RD Armstrong, AKA Raindog began his most recent incarnation as a poet in the early 90s. He has 18 chapbooks, 9 books to his name and has been published in over 300 poetry magazines, anthologies, blogs and e-zines. He also operates the Lummox Press which published the Lummox Journal for 11 years; the Little Red Book series (60 titles) and the new RESPECT series of perfect bound collections of poetry. Since 1995, Raindog has labored to serve the world of small press poetry and continues to do so to this day. Visit his website at



The Bucket is Suddently Empty

for Leonard

Ghost dog dreams
Chasing / being chased
The old demons
Last / lost hours
Agitation and fear
Haunted by
Old dreams / nightmares
Not crazy but insane enough
Terror in an old dogs eye
As in life so in death
No going out gently
Midnight at 3 pm
Old dog terrors
Ghosts returning
100 unfinished dreams
1000 unfinished thoughts
10000 unformed words
You face the end
The last rattling breath

No grand ideals left
Only the growing cold
The room filling with
A slow creeping fog
Moments / memories winking out
Madness takes the wheel
You veer off the main road
Heading off into the undiscovered country
No one can go with you this time
Your vision clouds over
Your words undone

A rippling image of the moon
In a leaky old bucket
A painful cry of a distant animal
A sudden cold wind rises from the land
You turning to face creation
The image of the moon
Suddenly stilled
The bucket empty

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