poetry - n. 1: writing that formulates a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience in language chosen and arranged to create a specific emotional response through meaning, sound, and rythmn 2 a: a quality that stirs the imagination b: a quality of spontaneity and grace

Name: dthaase

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Dragging The Past Out Into The Light

A scurry of clawing
as trash can lids crash –
like tin beetles
wobbling on their backs,
all is exposed –
Yesterday's garbage,
bound by twisty ties,
walled within dark plastic –
holds no sway for the hunger
of coon or opossum –
vampires of the night.

Feasting upon refuse in repose,
they spill onto dew-damped grass:
the cores of apples,
rinds of forgotten fruit,
a juice carton, half a bagel,
and section one, page twenty-one
of the Chicago Tribune
entitled: OBITUARIES.


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