Peycho Kanev is the Editor-In-Chief of Kanev Books. His poetry collection Bone Silence was released in September 2010 by Desperanto. A new collection of his poetry, titled Requiem for One Night, will be published by Desperanto in 2012.
His poems have appeared in more than 700 literary magazines, such as: Poetry Quarterly, Evergreen Review, Hawaii Review, Cordite Poetry Review, The Monarch Review, The Coachella Review, Two Thirds North, DMQ Review, The Cleveland Review, Mascara Literary Review and many others. He has won several European awards for his poetry and he’s nominated for the Pushcart Award and Best of the Net.
Sometimes God likes to drink whiskey
the hard stuff,
no chaser -
we sit in the living room
in front of the TV and we smoke
cigars and watch the news:
“Earthquake in Haiti..., suicide bomber
in Afghanistan..., hunger in Somalia...,
flood in India..., killings in Iraq...”
I put my empty glass on the coffee table,
close to the half full bottle
and I watch him exhale clouds of white
“You not going to do anything about that?”
I say and point at the screen.
“NO”, he answers back and pours himself
It is almost afternoon.
On the corner, close to my apartment, there is
the Methodist church.
The bell tolls.
I see God trembles.
I get up and go to the window.
I watch the kids play in park under the gold
rays of the sun.
Then I turn around and he is gone.
The bottle is empty.
I go to the fridge, take another one,
turn off the TV
and this day ends with so little pain.