Abdication (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 26 Oct 2019 in Art, Poems

Digital painting of blue eagle






Your eyes stung and crusted

You lie unmoving

A sibyl garnering predictions

vaporing from sewer grates

With her liberality of diction

She baits you

Bile of the nation



Like a starfish ambulating

Your stomach leaves the nest to feed

A seesawing cindered feather floats

Liver and spine-meat from a ball of black smoke

An eagle’s wingtips touched the power lines


Circuiting like the people who get out and about

Practical necessities will have you off the couch

Humming a workers’ anthem

Striding the landscape like giants

misshapen in their genes

Each a laborer on a vast assembly line

This fasciating cordon sanitaire

Not a living thing permitted there






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(2015, Stephanie Foster)




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