2 poems by ryan J cox

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis, page 11

it is a mistake to think our impulses are bad

desire is something which makes by directing the instincts

this will not make us into devils

Desolation Angels by Jack Kerouac, page 8

it was schoolboys in scuffed shoes here in desolation the shaking rafters of the earth

waiting for descent far to the south my intended senoritas

wait for when I ride all raveled and pink the pastel oranges, greens, blues

auguries of her makeup their makeup weigh me like the wind

______________________________ ryan J cox teaches English, Film and Cultural Studies at Keyano College in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. His poetry has appeared in The Windsor Review, Carousel, and Arc Poetry Magazine.