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26 Jul 2020

Apocalypse Lost (poem)

Apocalypse Lost

Cicadas newly emerged
tasted the air
and returned to bed.

Squirrels stopped games of tag
mid-summer to grub up
hoarded acorns.

Polar blisters burst.
Mountains leaked away.
The sky peeled off.

The last trumpet hissed.
No one arose.
No one returned.

-- Carl Bettis


Image info: World of Ghosts, copyright 2020 by by Carl Bettis, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

08 Jul 2020

Nav (prose poem)

A prose poem by one of my heteronyms, Basil Cartryte.

Nav

I have forgotten who everyone is & no one despises. I thought that was me. Naive hauteur of the half-educated trickles across corroded circuit boards to power itself. I can't recall how to judge the germinated against the grafted. Deep roots' gaudy blossoms draw rancorous bees. Their honey is sour. What shade does our singing raise? I don't remember what space time leads us to, but we missed all the turns. Especially crossroads swollen with pollen, intersections of hands, & the ways marked with mossy cairns. I used to have a map, but it got lost. Everyone is here but those who are found. They have our reasons.

-- Basil Cartryte, 7/8/2020


Image info: Until Then, copyright 2020 by by Carl Bettis, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.