“Sovereignty” by Alex Bledsoe

Alex Bledsoe & child

Alex Bledsoe & Charlie

I found my father passed out in the mud
beside the pond, napping with Smirnoff.
The fish hooked on his untended rod and reel
fought no one, to the death.

A fly landed on his face,
walked across the tips of his whiskers

toward his sugary drool
and never touched his skin.

Alex Bledsoe

All Rights Reserved

© 2009


  1. lkthayer · November 12, 2009

    Wow, truly powerful and right up my alley! I love your restraint
    and choice of words…
    I love simple short punches…you nailed it! Great work Alex. –LK 🙂

  2. kat magendie · November 12, 2009

    This is powerful, poignant, beautiful…love “napping with Smirnoff”

    (love the photo, too – such a comparison from the poem below it – a contrast)

  3. Deborah Blake · November 12, 2009

    Hey–I didn’t know you were a poet as well as a brilliant novelest! Why aren’t I surprised? Cute pick of you and the C in C, BTW.

  4. Alexis Rhone Fancher · November 12, 2009

    Wow. A long, deep breath of a poem!

  5. Julie · November 12, 2009

    In so few words, a world of deep. Magnificent.

  6. Mary Pisano · November 12, 2009

    wonderful…thanks for sharing! xoM

  7. Kathy · November 12, 2009

    Wow, not only do you write fantastic fiction, but hard-hitting emotional poetry as well. Truly a cross-genre writer. Excellent work! (photo is wonderful, love the bunny ears and C-in-C is awful cute:o)

  8. bobbi · November 12, 2009

    great job, Alex. : )

  9. Jaymie · November 13, 2009

    There is so much here, wow.

  10. jennareynolds · November 13, 2009

    Nicely done, Alex. Didn’t know you wrote poetry. Very cool. *snapping fingers in appreciation*

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