State of War

Poesy plus Polemics

"Encounter of the Worlds" Painting by Karel Appel “Encounter of the Worlds”
Painting by Karel Appel

hours fall heavily
in parables of flesh
breathing labored
and drawn from
black wells fouled
by wild suspicion

sighs rise and
converge in a
violent dirge
filled with echoes
of Banquo’s
dead conscience

this killing by kings
who kill kings
may redound to
their legends but
never to quietly
suffering subjects

war flows among
yearnings at times
a mere trickle
more often a flood
in whose wash swim
the corpses of angels

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