POEM OF THE WEEK

(AFTER THE PARTY WAS WRITTEN IN RESPONSE TO A PAINTING INCLUDED IN MY NEW COLLECTION OF POETRY AND ART: CROSSING THE LINE)

AFTER THE PARTY

 

Listen:

litter left after the beach party

receptacles scattered around   abandoned

balloons slipped from sticky fingers

shimmy and browse the cotton-flower clouds

only to burst           bruise into the sea

to tangle        and kill      innocent

creatures of the deep

 

Look:

the earth turns from the burning sun

waves tremble at the water’s edge

tramples the sand to smoothness

waves dance                   as if the party

continues  

but no one is there

 

Look to:

earth will heal itself

by shutting humans down

shrivelled people and shrunken kids

squashed by time

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