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theblackbottomofawell

on america

the sky laid a hand on sheets

& cut like widening scissors,

cajoling the hem

mouthwide.

 

the clouds protected

from fraying

but the heat said

‘rain’

 

& breakthru green

reached up

the neck of the sky;

 

so the blind

sheets swelled

& locusts

& night            came

& everything            blind-

 

until clouds were just

sheets in the sky

& what

 

was naked

was red.

 

& the locust-dead swelled.

& rot

& vim

like comments

polluted

the wind around it.

 

& the blocked

sky stunk

w/ green

clouds.

 

& above shone white white stars.