The American Journal of Poetry
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Jacob Paul Patchen

Shadows in the Lamplight


The night is nothing more than
bad imagery and perspective:

Beer bottles loom like tombstones,
marking where dead worries lie.

Their shadows lean crooked and
bent by the dim lamplight. A heavy

head to a dirty pillow on a dog
haired couch; what cares have I?

And if it wasn’t so damned cliché, I’d
admit that she broke my humbled heart.

But in this moment of stale air and hatred,
the truth is easier to see; I broke it myself. 




JACOB PAUL PATCHEN was born and raised outside of Byesville, Ohio where he spent his youth tormenting babysitters and hiding in trees. He is a graduate of Meadowbrook High school and Muskingum University. Jacob is poet, blogger, author, and combat veteran.



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