A mouth opens and emits mantras
among a row of wallflowers
in awkward bloom
while everyone in the world
goes into solitary confinement
so they won’t die of cough consumption
while stuck in a crowd.
Not hearing the hurricanes and floods
Gaia decided to roar loud enough
the entire globe was startled by the volume
of its serious shriek
as it began writing evil odes
to the nose and throat
that were smaller
than a cotton seed yet still
threw a wrench into the spokes
of the over-personification run amuck,
spawning masked mouths and Sanitizer Sundays.
No longer did people gather
in groups on the fields
of plush pollen and ribs of Water Trees
but instead were left with no armor
to guard against the aerial venom
sprawling through the days
of empty museums
and living room lifestyles
where dogwood trees
tried to sprout from the skin
and all the medicine cabinets died,
along with a lot people,
as this crisis could’ve been averted
if not for a mutated orangutan,
a man with tiny hands
clutching immense amounts of power,
stark and evil, became the Fascist figurine
of society’s sincerest lunacy.
Heath Brougher is the Editor-in-Chief of Concrete Mist Press and co-poetry editor of Into the Void, winner of the 2017 and 2018 Saboteur Awards for Best Magazine. He received Taj Mahal Review’s 2018 Poet of the Year Award and is a multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee. He was also awarded the 2020 Wakefield Prize for Poetry. He has published 11 books and, after spending over three years editing the work of others, is ready to get back into the creative driver seat for a bit. He has four books forthcoming in 2022 and 2023. His first book of nonfiction “The Braincyst Journals” is forthcoming from Alien Buddha Press.
3 thoughts on “Because by Heath Brougher”
“society’s sincerest lunacy” indeed! A powerful conclusion to a damn fine poem. Each line pushes the reader to the next line in an enviably and seemingly effortless flow. All lines are perfectly broken, no confusing run-ons. I don’t know if the allusions are subtle, as much as they are incisive, like a surgical knife (strike?), but they are effective. Glad to have read this one. It was well that it was chosen.
It stings. It bites 🔥
Hello, its pleasant paragraph about media print, we all
understand media is a enormous source of facts.