Brian Rihlmman

Brian Rihlmann was born in New Jersey and currently resides in Reno, Nevada. He writes free verse poetry, and has been published in The Blue Nib, The American Journal of Poetry,  Cajun Mutt Press, The Rye Whiskey Review, and others. 




as a child

his inconsistencies puzzled me

hugs and playing catch

followed by an index finger

like a spear tip in my face

as i cowered in a corner, shrinking

unable to meet 

those ferocious eyes

wishing i was anywhere else

in the world right now

as the voice of god growled

“you bein’ smart?”

“you think you can take me?”


despite this

i remember many evenings 

waiting by the mailbox

for his truck 

to come down the road

(is that him? what about that one?)

until it grew dark

and she called me in to dinner


years later

when i came of age

he took me there

where he’d been

introduced me around

and we sat side by side

slipping dollar bills 

in fleshy crevices


and he said the same thing

as when he’d first 

split a beer with me

when i was in grade school

“don’t tell your mother