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spacer.gif   2005 CHICAGO POETRY FEST: LYNN FITZGERALD
Posted by : cj on Thursday, July 28, 2005 - 06:32 PM
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Members' Posting Pool .
Quagmire

He seems a swamp
to me, this boss I have,
dark from debris or rot
so little oxygen that plants
have died within him, their finery
trampled in his mud, still
there is a greenness to him,
the silver-gray hair looks bottle
green to me and the skin, slack
and ashen on certain days
resembles a conifer struggling
through winter.
I do not open my mouth
for fear that I might swallow
the air he breathes.
Could he know that my mind
is like an English garden-wild
and raging with the ripeness
of birth, that for every plant
he has murdered, a flower
blooms under my scalp.
As I approach, I notice
the hunted look in his eyes
but I feel afraid for us both,
knowing that he fears
small thorns and the black
dirt of birth and me. I wish
that I will multiply, cause
a traffic jam in his mind,
perhaps a collision,
but, of course,
this has already happened.

 
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