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Two Poems in Honor of National Poetry Month – April 2021

posted on: Apr 28 2021

Two Poems in Honor of National Poetry Month – April 2021

if the sky won’t have me

originally published in FEED issue 2.2


the rain makes a river of the road

rushing rivulets, eddies all aswirl


it goes where gravity takes it &

gathers in a low point, getting deeper

& wider as the storm fails

to relent


i step into the river, reluctantly at first

then gladly, for i’m ready now to

be borne away


how easy to drift downstream,

seeing the familiar yield to the new


the water makes ounces out of pounds

even hollows bones & maybe i’ll lift off soon


if the sky won’t have me, the riverbank will

or the shore, even the ocean depths


it doesn’t matter where i come to rest—


i’ll stay just until clouds gather,

rain falls again & i release myself once more






originally published in Sledgehammer Lit


we don’t know them before they rage

you think love identifies, or generosity, or

even the quality of sobs & tears when grief

holds sway




rage reveals the soul, concealed by

manners & convention, what we call social graces


abandoned for the machine gun &

confederate flag

even though the bearers smile

they seethe with hatred

the bitterness of their disenfranchisement

the loss of what . . . exactly?


free use of the n-word?

permission to slap their wives & children?


once men fought to lift people, not

to oppress them


but times have changed, or perhaps not

changed at all


ghosts of slave-owners & lynch mobs

occupy the living


think about it

soon you’ll feel rage, too

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