Three Love Letters – J. Bradley

A Love Poem As Written By Ted Cruz

Terrorism is when I wake up
and discover the absence
on your side of the bed.

This suit is a bunker.
This machine gun, 
a chef eager to make 
your favorite breakfast.

Your smile flattens me; 
I wonder what color 
it could make sand glow.

A Love Poem As Written By John Hughes

Be nice to the one you want
even when they don’t want you.

Hold on to the hope 
you will wear them down, 
age their expectations.

Make your name
the sound of settling.

A Love Poem As Directed By Martin Scorsese 

Choose the right song 
to announce your arrival.

Find the person you want to kiss. 
Show them how to chart a sea of love
through the astronomy of exit wounds.

Look down. Ask: what does the body
beneath us look like from here? Ask:
how far do you want this to go?

Choose the right song 
to herald their departure,
mourn the silence.

About J. Bradley

J. Bradley's is a Best of the Net and Pushcart Prize nominated writer whose work has appeared in numerous literary journals including decomP, Hobart, and Prairie Schooner. He was the Interviews Editor of PANK, the Flash Fiction Editor of NAP, and the Web Editor of Monkeybicycle. He is the author of the poetry collection Dodging Traffic (Ampersand Books, 2009), the novella Bodies Made of Smoke (HOUSEFIRE, 2012), and the graphic poetry collection The Bones of Us (YesYes Books, 2014), illustrated by Adam Scott Mazer. He is the curator of the Central Florida reading series There Will Be Words and lives at View all posts by J. Bradley

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