Nightmare of Modern Life

Like Alice down the rabbit hole, my subconscious mind dared to roam in the grand theater of our times.

Writing by TS S. Fulk
Art by Adrien Olichon

Nightmare of Modern Life

Once again while charting 

heavenly spheres all night

did my eyes softly close

just as Apollo rose

upon his chariot

of OxyContin bliss

Like Alice down the rabbit hole

my subconscious mind dared to roam

in the grand theater of our times

playing our enduring trouble

gelatinous coelenterates 

float innocently here and there

on the stage all the while hiding

poisonous barbs that lie beneath

The mask of humane care

is a puppet of corporate greed

About the Author

TS S. Fulk, a neurodiverse English teacher and textbook author, lives with his neurodiverse family in Sweden. After getting a B.A. in Music and M.A.T. Secondary Education: English from Kent State University and an M.A. in English literature from the University of Toronto, he taught English in Prague, CZ before settling down in Sweden. Besides teaching and writing, TS S. Fulk is an active musician playing bass trombone, the Appalachian mountain dulcimer and the Swedish bumblebee dulcimer (hummel). His poetry has been (or will be) published  by numerous presses including The Light EkphrasticThe Button Eye ReviewThe Fairy Tale MagazineJourn-EThe Red Ogre Review, Perennial Press, Lovecraftiana and Wingless Dreamer.

About the Artist

two women near windowpane

Adrien Olichon is a photographer and multimedia artist who has been featured in many magazines and literary journals.


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