Erase past and future
with dry ink in brittle journals

Break the falsity of self
into its bony fragments

Make false promises
simply to awaken

Walk barren truth out
any solitary lane

Feel cold sleet fall from
an abundance of gray sky

Break promises of a new land
with ghosts of absence

As you are betrayed
by your betrayals

So you abandon
what has abandoned you

David Anthony Sam lives in Virginia with his wife, Linda. Sam has four collections, was featured poet in The Hurricane Review (2016), and his poetry has appeared in over 60 journals and publications. Finite to Fail: Poems after Dickinson was the 2016 Grand Prize winner of GFT Press Chapbook Contest.