Saturday I attended an all-day poetry workshop, and in one we had a prompt to write one on “Like you…” Here’s mine.
Like You Do
My eyes absorb “Breaking News.”
Volleys of bullets blitzing bodies, bombs
raining flesh, the light of time
cracking cold cases, and another and
another e-mail scandal.
My teeth gnash.
Yellow-green stains my skin.
Intestines coil and constrict.
Fire storms incinerate houses, torrents gut gullies,
golf-ball hail dents metal roofs
until the last five minutes:
video clips. Good Samaritans
yanking her out of a fiery SUV,
reviving a kid entombed in pond ice
buying a scruffy soul a hamburger
and I wonder
like you do.