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Bourbon by Mathieu Cailler

Bourbon by Mathieu Cailler

Bourbon by the American author and poet Mathieu Cailler… because People Come to You in Sorrow and… Keep on reading, Yareah magazine friends!

Bourbon by Mathieu Cailler

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“Bourbon”

You are my church,

my 365-day church.

Fewer saints, fewer

prayers.

I come to you in sorrow,

my hands never folded,

and you aid me in

a tacit confession

with my psyche.

You’re an atheist’s

communion. And

you know it, too.

I pour you into my chalice,

four fingers of amber,

a sinner’s juice. Watch

your dirty tears slide

over your bottle.

Without judgment you

extend your invisible arm,

tilt my glass up.

“Drink,” I hear you

whisper.

“Drink up, my son.”

“This is the gold of

humanity. Allow me to

cascade down your

throat

and kill

the germs of life.”

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Mathieu Cailler is a poet and award-winning short-story writer. A graduate of Vermont College of Fine Arts, his work has been published in numerous literary journals, including Sleet, Two Hawks Quarterly, and Epiphany. Recently, he was awarded the 2012 Short Story America Prize for Short Fiction.

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