Möbius Strip

By Joe Carvalko

As the centuries turned one into another,
we lost the gift of ancients
for hearing muted primal screams,
for seeing Munch’s faceless shriek—
the unmistakable precursors
of everything spiraling into darkness.
I did not see her wane
and wander in the whirligig of despair,
until they threw the keys away.
They took her to the place
where lights bounced-off
linoleum worn and polished,
behind metal doors
with a window—
a lock turned,
behind which people twirled, laughed,
lifted dresses over their heads
or sucked their thumbs and bawled.
I searched for tapestries
of blues, births, deaths,
that might yield clues
known to a prior life,
threads that lead to “why or where?”
But, like a skein of twine
wound into a möbius strip;
I can trace


Joe Carvalko, born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, writes across a wide variety
of genre including, fiction, poetry, science, technology and law. Most
recently he authored We Were Beautiful Once, Chapters from the Cold War
(Sunbury Press, 2013), a fiction inspired by a case Carvalko tried against
the U.S. government for an accounting of a Korean War soldier it claimed was
MIA. He authored The Techno-human Shell-A Jump in the Evolutionary Gap
(Sunbury Press, 2012), about how future medical technology will transform us
into part cyborg. Recently he co-authored The Science and Technology
Guidebook for Lawyers (ABA Publishing, May, 2014).  His poem “Registered
Letter” was chosen for publication in the anthology Proud to Be: Writing by
American Warriors, Volume 2 by the Missouri Humanities Council, Warriors
Arts Alliance, and Southeast Missouri State University Press (2013); The
Interior, a book of poetry, was a finalist for the Red Mountain Press poetry
award (2012); “The Road Home,” a poem was among three finalists for The
Esurance Poetry prize for (2012). His poetry has been heard at various times
on WPKN, a Pacifica radio network affiliate and veteran radio stations.
Earlier publications are: A Road Once Traveled, Life from All Sides (2007),
a narrative on the fabric of American life and A Deadly Fog (2004), poems,
essays and short stories about war in America. He has authored numerous
articles and academic papers. When not writing he teaches law and plays jazz