The Sturgeon - George Cassidy Payne

The mechanics of suffering
are not so daunting to understand
it hurts for a while ‒
gums and bellies pierced by
an unseen passion… and then it is done
the savory-sweet, cherry cough syrup scent
of death dries and disappears, leaving
only impressions in the ample depth of sand

George Cassidy Payne is originally from the Adirondack Mountain Region of Upstate New York. He now lives and works in the City of Rochester, New York. George is a poet, photographer, essayist, professor of philosophy, and social worker. His poetry has appeared in a variety of journals and magazines, including Chronogram Magazine, Allegro Poetry Journal, Mojave Heart, Red Porch Review, Albany Up the River Poets Journal, Teahouse, The Adirondack Almanack, The Mindful Word, Talker of the Town, Pulsar, Moria Poetry Journal, Ampersand Literary Review, and others.