Juleigh Howard-Hobson

These Are the Things

These are three things I like: Newcastle Brown
Ale, in a pint glass. Black leather jackets
With studs and paint. Walking alone around
Graveyards. These are two things I don’t forget:
Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures on black 
Vinyl. Andreas Baader was shot in 
The head--not self inflicted: in the back
Of his head--while he was locked in prison
In Germany. This is one thing I will 
Always wonder about: how my own death
Is going to look. Will it be calm, still
And tasteful , just my body without breath,
Or will there be blood and noise and police
And glass and nothing remotely like peace?

Juleigh Howard-Hobson’s poetry has appeared in Eternal Haunted Summer, Riddled with Arrows, The Lyric, Abridged Magazine: The Wormwood Issue, The Non-Binary Review, The Ginger Collect, The Lyric, 2018 Rhysling Award Anthology (Science Fiction Poetry Association), Weaving the Terrain (Dos Gatos), Mandragora (Scarlett Imprint) and many other places receptive to the arcane. She lives in the rural neverland of the Pacific Northwest with a garden of buried stars and deeply held secrets.