Apocalyptic poems, posted every m-f.

consensus

up here, the first thing we lose is the outside world
elsewhere, it’s clean water, or electricity

florida loses its fertility.

palm coast keeps its seven known breeders
under surveillance,
in a warm colonial house

they get fed choice meat, rich grains
cured chicken fat,
it’s not bad, the men are told to be gentle with them
and their children are cared for with desperate tenderness.

lucille doesn’t mind until one day the spots appear,
concealable with a careful layer of foundation at first,
but they start to depress
within her skin,
little concave dimples at the crest of her thighs
and around.

soon its worse, little holes gaping around her plush,
no longer masked by terse hair
and the chancellor of palm coast is furious
and confused,
lost like a little boy in the choking grip of a nightmare.

the household is called to gather
lucille is made to show them, all of them,
and this is when she starts to hate this life she’s been given

maybe they ought to kill her,
but how dare they,
there’s a seventh of their next generation in that body;
maybe they ought to cure her,
but how can they,
doctor died on his own noose last thursday
the clinic is run empty
there are no cures for florida.

lucille weeps,
the men are loud,
the women are quiet in their various and contradictory furies
god is absent
but his judgment is still depressed into the hearts of those at his table
they are wondering
they are needy

and that’s where the vision ends.

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