Happy Earth Day!

April 22, 2015


And at the orchard's heart

the ear is hounded by inhuman sound


a six-lane highway bass, breathing out

its monotone continuo of HNHNHNHNAAAAAAAAAA


while at the nearer lights, cars kneel

and throb their mocking yukyukyukyukyukyuk


as from the rooftops, heating units,

air conditioners, snicker the ozone


and the glazed eyes of office buildings

coldly smirk

                      what bright sun?


while heaven, heaven declares

                                                        only birds,

and the brown grass sighs.


Excerpted from This Orchard Soundoriginally published in The Church Not Made with Hands.


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