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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

 

 

 

 

rage

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

 

no

 

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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