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Two dead at Chernobyl.
No need to worry.
All is under control.

And the air deceives...

Life goes on
under sunny skies
in unsuspecting Kiev.

Thousands dead! Thousands flee!
screams the raving West
but who can say for sure?

And the rain runs red...

Life goes on
in the green Ukraine
to the noise that has no sound
and the smoke that has no fire.

In a forest of silence
a seed will fall
to sprout from the deadly ground
hideous vines that choke the earth
and swallow the flowers that hide in the grass.

All is under control.

What serpents await our Adam and Eve
When the truth becomes a lie?

(Previously published in Wired Art from Wired Hearts, Oct - Nov, '99)
Laurence Overmire



Chomping at the Bic

A pen grew out of my eyeball and
Demanded I write down what I


Else my brain would be overrun
By foreign legions of emotion
Viking-like fellows with red


Yellow teeth and absolutely no respect
For women or children or the old folks
Who temper folly and guide us all toward


(Previously published in The Hold, Sept 2003)
Laurence Overmire



Colorado Dreaming

The cabin
Set on Rocky Mountainside
Snow-capped peaks across the valley
Green meadow and wildflower below

Wood-burning fireplace
Logs piled high
Bacon sizzling on the skillet
Smoke curling through the pines

The dog barks
An echo rolls along the road
A bird in answer
Wings a song into the sky

L.A. is gone
A stone skipped upon a mountain stream
Washed into the sea
My boots crunch the needles in applause.

(Previously published in Poetfest Anthology, Summer 2000)
Laurence Overmire



Cowboy Balladier (haiku)

Cowboy balladier
Memories rising like smoke
Sad songs, fire and stars
Laurence Overmire
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