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July 8, 2012
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The killing season
is upon us again -
our sons gone underground,
our trees become weapons
and the last bloom
of our youth
laid bare by carrion.
In town the men
all ask for cigarettes -
the nicotine on their breath
stalking new prey
as it mingles in the streets
and tries to look

The women wear handkerchiefs
like bandages
wrapping their heads;
and from the buildings
stream white flags
and sheets,
warning the children
there are vacancies
below the surface.
Our houses
do not recognize us -
we leave the doors open
while the windows look
and the gardens starve.

But we shall collect wounds
this harvest -
roots trapped in soil,
dry husks in crates
and barrels by the score
to haul to market,
the slender barter
of our dreams
a final afterthought
treading on our tongues.
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peridot-magelette Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Oh gosh.... There's such a feeling of emptiness and desolation here. This is. Just. It really captures a feeling and moment. It's a striking piece of work.

I like:
"our trees become weapons" because of the juxtaposition, trees are such peaceful things.

"there are vacancies
below the surface." is a truly poignant line that says so much with so little.

"Our houses
do not recognize us" for the same reasons as above.
Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks! I had the first line in my head for about half a year.
peridot-magelette Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
it's a great line, and you fleshed it out perfectly.
Ard0R0us Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This one is smooth and cool. Dark and artful while seemingly effortlessly conveyed. Very good.
Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks very much - I appreciate it.
FracturedxPorcelain Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional Photographer
Wow...that was beautiful. Amazing work.
KnightsSorrow Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful imagery
Sigma-Echo-Seven Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Student Writer
This is haunting. It rivals some of the poetry I've read from English writers in World War I.
Celestial22 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
"our trees become weapons
and the last bloom
of our youth
laid bare by carrion."

Very chilling, the poem as a whole.

If you do publish, do post on DA to let us all know. Would love to have a book of your work.
archelyxs Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Love that the whole world blooms alive in your poetry.
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