Which is the greater burden?
For an old man to bear innocence on his shoulders
Across foaming currents of black water
Through the acrimony of mud and floatsam
Green like the corruption of something he once believed to be good
Ignoring the taunts of pleasures
Which taste on the tongue but eat into The soul
Or the weight on the eyes of the child
Swallowing the visions of his father’s creation
Knowing each set of spread legs
Each emerald gaze of lust and want
Each murdered corpse
Was framed by a careful hand
Seeing what he wanted to believe was good
Being exactly as it was created to be.
Perhaps for the old man
There is solace
In the belief that his failing steps
aided his creator
But the child can only weep
Saying to himself
“If I am who that I am
Then this is the art of my kingdom.”
David E. Cowen
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Author: David E. Cowen
David E. Cowen is a native of Brownsville, Texas who now lives in Houston. Besides being a trial attorney by trade David is a published poet and author of a volume of poetry entitled Sixth and Adams (2001). His poems have been published in various hard copy and online journals for the past many years including those published by George Mason University, Stephen F. Austin University, Sam Houston State University and many privately published journals as well. His poetry was featured in the Canadian Broadcasting Company’s Radio radio journal “Outfront” in a 2005 tribute on 9/11. This April, Thisibelieve.org published an essay of his in its collection “On Motherhood” currently available in bookstores. Also, three short scholarly articles on the subject of zombie films written by David will appear in June Pulliam’s “The Encyclopedia of the Zombie: The Walking Dead in Popular Culture and Myth” to be published later this year by ABC CLIO publishing. Earlier this year CineAction Magazine, Canada’s leading film journal, published my essay review of Danel Olson’s The Exorcist: Studies in the Horror Film published earlier this year, also by Centipede Press. PS Press will be including a short story by Cowen, “The Goth Thing”, in its 5th Volume of its acclaimed Exotic Gothic series scheduled to be published in 2013. David E. Cowen is the Vice President of the Gulf Coast Poetry Association as well as a member of the World Fantasy Conference, Horror Writers Association and the Science Fiction Poetry Association.
His most recent poetry publications include poems placed in “Dark Portal” (UH Downtown) and Harbinger Asylum.
Thisibelieve.org published an essay of David’s in its 2012 collection “On Motherhood” currently available in bookstores. In 2012 CineAction Magazine, Canada’s leading film journal, published David’s essay review of Danel Olson’s The Exorcist: Studies in the Horror Film (2012 Centipede Press). Three short scholarly articles on the subject of zombie films written by David will appear in June Pulliam’s The Encyclopedia of the Zombie: The Walking Dead in Popular Culture and Myth to be published in June of 2014 by Greenwood publishing. David has a number of fiction and analytical projects in the works. His short story, “Goth Thing,” adapted from his unpublished novel “The Goth Sabbatical”, has just appeared in the Exotic Gothic 5, Volume 1 published by PS Publishing. The Exotic Gothic series, edited by Danel Olson, has been the past recipient of the Shirley Jackson Award and the World Fantasy Conference Award. David is an affiliate member of the Horror Writers Association, a member and attendee of the World Fantasy Conference, the Austin International Poetry Festival, the Houston Poetry Festival as well as a lifetime member of the Gulf Coast Poetry Society. His novelette about civil rights in a zombie apocalypse entitled “the zombie appeal” will be published in Breaking Fate Publications Anthology The Dead Walking set to appear in January of 2014.
“Goth Thing, Exotic Gothic 5 (P.S. Publishing, UK; Olson ed. 2013) can be found at www.pspublishing.co.uk.
“Hope Dished Out in Plenty,” This I Believe On Motherhood (Jossey-Bass, a Wiley Imprint; Geidman, ed., 2012) can be found at www.amazon.com
Review, The Exorcist STUDIES IN THE HORROR FILM, Cineaction Magazine ((Cineaction 86 2012) can be found at: http://cineaction.ca
“The Cycle,” Peripheral Distortions(King, ed., Death Throes Publishing, 2014) available at www.amazon.ca/
Pulliam and Fonseca, ed., Encyclopedia of the Zombie: The Walking Dead in Popular Culture and Myth (Greenwood May 31, 2014) (contributed three articles on Asian Zombie Films, Night of the Comet and Bruce Williams) can be found at www.amazon.com
“the zombie appeal,” The Dead Walking (Anthology) (Breaking Fate Press March 2014) (novelette)