Knew (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 12 Aug 2022 in Art, Poems

Digital filtered photo of bottles

 

 

 

Knew

 

Evils come again, his complaint, their demands

Once unsullied things, images risen to a tar pool’s

cunning gloss, waiting

family faces, images of that, strangers

as remembered, kitchen flooring, lino laying

a sheet unattached, anxious about that

a great-nephew ferried across cornfields

feet smudging patterns packed with hours

chewing buttons, lost to boredom, chided for that

 

boards opening to the dirt under

fearful of sleeping where instructed

red-hot coils of her heater buzzing

while the visit lasted, ambulance men

on a night the kitchen door stood cracked

 

A woman is tortured, so a man can sell a gadget

At gatherings, he pitches dopamine cicadas

stultifying hums that dim the mind

he pitches theories of memories

salted and spiced

his complaint, her complaint

a breathy mumbling of the victim’s name carried

conscience to conscience, distilled from the million

deaths of war, doubting that

only as a tag-you’re-it

 

 

 


Knew

Digital art of leaf veinsUncollected Poems

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(2022, Stephanie Foster)

 

 

 

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