Hey Man …. Come Back Here… by John McKernan


Hey Man …. Come Back Here

The child

Screamed to the man

Walking away
With sure steps

Faster each minute each hour each day each week

I take it all
I don’t hate you

I won’t try

To kill you
If I ever get the chance
In a dark alley
Like tonight
To kill you twice
Like right now


John McKernan – who grew up in Omaha Nebraska – is now a retired comma herder / Phonics Coach after teaching 41 years at Marshall University. He lives – mostly – in West Virginia where he edits ABZ Press. His most recent book is a selected poems Resurrection of the Dust. He has published poems in The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, The New Yorker, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Journal, Antioch Review, Guernica, Field and many other magazines.

Copyright © 2015 by John McKernan







1 thought on “Hey Man …. Come Back Here… by John McKernan

  1. John McKernan’s reshapes our world in an unexpected eccentric yet connected
    trickiness of language’s images.

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