Carl Scharwath


Imprisoned by my own poem
Plain-speech slang
Circled Barbed wires
Contain pools of grammar

Poetry is a constructed conversation
On the frontier
Of word dreaming and
silence on paper

Speechless in a world
Of riotous birdsong
A sense  of being caught
In a future temporal myth.


Proscribed from consciousness
Will oblivion remain
In the porous life streaming?

Unmoved by persuasion,
Pity and tender feelings
Resistant to moral influence.

As the frequency
Of the sameness
Becomes abstract in old age.

The truth haunts
In the  freedoms of doubt
Growing dimmer in faith.


An evening walk, lights reflecting off the raindrops
Of a city in desperation.
Our eyes meet- his face mirrors both freedom and sadness.

His world is hopeless, a never-ending search for life and
Mine in kinship with my nameless brother, a loneliness
No one sees.

Is he on this pilgrimage because family love has deserted him?
Did his career end, or was his dying path ordained to drugs and

Grass grows through the cracks of a decaying city.
The hardest path is living, the freedom is what draws

Before we pass, I want his knowledge, for he has tasted
Afraid of my own destiny- we gaze for one second in passing.

The dark lonely figure disappears into the youthfulness of our
Own past.
Has anyone thought of him the way my reflection relinquished


Carl Scharwath has appeared globally with 150+ journals selecting his poetry, short stories, interviews, essays, plays or art photography. His photography was featured on the cover of 6 journals. Two poetry books ‘Journey To Become Forgotten’ (Kind of a Hurricane Press) and ‘Abandoned’ (ScarsTv). This is Carl’s second feature on The Short of It.


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As The World Burns Is Now Available!!!

I’m so happy to share that this book has published!! It is such a relevant anthology of the times, showcasing the arduousness of 2020. 114 writers, poets, and artists have contributed to this book filling it with stories of the difficulties and raw emotions in navigating current social, political, and medical travesties. Black Lives Matter, the Covid-19 pandemic, Trump, and the insecurities felt during the upheavals occurring in our nation, and our world is front and center in this anthology. It is a book facing them all head-on, revealing our humanity but also our strength. I would encourage you to get your copy!

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Submit to The Short Of It!

Just a reminder for all those micro-poets (structured and un-structured), prose poets and short story writers, I am accepting submissions for The Short of It all year round! Please keep them coming! 🙂

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Keep Your Submissions Coming!

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Looking forward to reading more “short, sweet and to the point” pieces!

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