There is Joy in Sadness Too

today i cried
the sudden 
out of nowhere

wasp sting between the fingers
COVID swab up the nostril
kind of cry

for the man on the bridge
was a titan of grief
propped up on six legs

nothing special about today
or the bridge or the man
or the tears

just that the medication
seems to be working
better than expected

November 11, 2020

Published by Caleb Ferganchick

Caleb Ferganchick is a rural, queer, slam poet activist and author of The Secret of Sunflowers (2021) and Poetry Heels (2018). His work has been featured and published by Western Colorado Writer’s Forum (2021), South Broadway Ghost Society (2020, 2021), “Slam Ur Ex ((the podcast))” (2020), and the Colorado Mesa University Literary Review. He organizes the annual Slamming Bricks poetry slam competition in honor of the 1969 Stonewall Riots and serves as a board member for Western Colorado Writer’s Form and Mutual Aid Partners. A SUP river guide and speech and debate coach, Caleb also dreams of establishing a queer commune with a river otter rescue and falconry. He lives in Grand Junction, Colorado.

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