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  69.     

Nuclear Age

The child came into the world with a nuclear bomb
Hanging like a mobile over his head.

At any second

Every thing
Every place
Every body

Could be vaporized into nothing-ness.

What innocence is lost
When the mad grown-up world
Intrudes
Like a rapist in the night
And shoves a cold cocked revolver
‘Neath the covers
In the crib?


(Previously published in Eclectica, Vol.3, No.4, Nov-Dec '99)
 
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  70.     

Pinnacles

Only a couple of rungs from the top
He fell
Down into the chasm of his
Truest self
The giddiness of the heights
Cooly reflected in the stillness of his
Finally present mind

Able to reject the folly of false illusion

Rivers breaching dams
Rocks pouring out of mountains
Trees taking shape with new limbs
Rich with the fruit of
Wisdom
Feet planted at last
In heavenly stench of saturate Earth.


(Previously published in Kookamonga Square, July 2000)
 
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  71.     

Rumpelstiltskin

I weave the gold with clandestine fingers
In silken thread of head and heart

A skein of treasure lying on the floor
In a humble cottage of a far beyond wood

No passer by would think to look
Or care to consider the fortunes lost

When wayward men refuse the hearing
The spinning wheel behind the door.


(Previously published in Miller's Pond Poetry Magazine, January 2001, vol.3)
 
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  72.     

Sand Creek,1864

The pipes had been smoked
Our chief, Black Kettle
Had spoken
The White Man could be trusted
Surely
No harm would come
She thought
Cradling her baby tight
Looking up only briefly
The tepee flap opened
A blue-coated soldier
Sword swinging at her neck.


(Previously published in Poets4Peace, Nov.2000)
 
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