VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Donny Winter

The White Flag is Willingly Taciturn

The over-weaponized army marches

as gun-shells spill from open mouths

still wide from the war four years ago,

while the “torchbearers” rev 

by a new fuel, untapped, standing by.

We, with the phantom-shrapnel pain

in our chests, watch from our balconies

as they burn the parchment-paper dream

only to cradle our conscience safely

because this is a war we never signed up for, 

and thus, “not our battle” so, the white flag

we raise waves in smoke-brindle winds,

a hush, taciturn, when our voices

wielded properly, could be javelins.

Chemical Transfiguration

The extended-release capsule sinks inside

and dives through these intestines like Smaug

relishing his treasure-horde.

As the clock strikes two,

this placid lava-body melts into laminate floor,

threatens to heave with each serotonin-sear.

This planet-body’s core spins, then tumbles

until its innards begin to quake,

until synapses spark thunderstorms above.

Every night this ribcage caves

before its torn asunder because 

that’s what it takes for this desert to rain,

because a smile seems worth the cost,

an effortless breath worth the pain

of a forced chemical transfiguration.

Cyborg Butterflies

The congregation

chants “amen” at every word

spoke, a weekly loop

as tawdry chandeliers sag [sad],

heavy on their chains. 

An eight-year-old boy

shuffles his Bible, releases

imagination

in an array of color [until]

they fall out upon his lap

As the grown ups pray

to the angels lead astray,

he plays with laminated

butterflies, and dreams [desperately]

he’s far away, carried out

on their solid backs

because his angels are strong,

made of an alloy,

an unshakeable armor, [numb]

cyborg robbed of gossamer.

One thought on “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Donny Winter

  1. Reblogged this on Donny Winter and commented:
    Huge thank you to Dumpster Fire Press for publishing my poems “The White Flag is Willingly Taciturn”, “Chemical Transfiguration”, and “Cyborg Butterflies.” All three of these poems will also be in my upcoming second collection, “Feats of Alchemy.”

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