VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Marc Olmsted

LIZARD SKIN BLUES

I voted of course

recycled

marched with a sign

as planet boils & species die

& my own blood’s stand-off

w/ gallons of cancerous pesticides

& tons of phony chemical sandwiches

consumed more than half decade

lizard skin where once infected

I am the planet Earth

I am the compost bucket

dissolving bag of turds

plutonium drum rusting

at the ocean’s dark floor

cracked with an angler fish glow

NIGHT OWL PROPHECIES

Nearly dawn

cable TV

The Deer Hunter

Frost/Nixon

Fall of Saigon & post-Watergate

New day for Old America

& impeachment of Trump

prophecies of déjà vu

wakefulness to dream

to wakefulness again

NEW YEAR’S

Fireworks above the suburbs

reflected in dark windows

though several nights ago

the thunder was a pistol

on the wrong end of a drug deal

just a block and a ½ away

3AM in the park of fixes

I heard 2 shots the first pop the second

A cannon boom & a man went out

through the sound barrier crack

that opened the worlds so briefly

& he stepped through

With a red pool

catching the streetlamps

in the wolf hour

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