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Somewhere, Babylon 2006Somewhere,
at the existential Taco Bell of your
an Iraqi palace lined with
American fast food places, latrines, marines,
Once there were roof top gardens,
now there is double scoop chocolate ice cream with rainbow sprinkles.
The molecules of milk roll so easily over and against each soldier's tongue.
So far from home, it's the only thing to remind you of suckling at your mother's teat.
In a land where jasmine scented waters once wafted into the air,
are now broken sewages for the lay person.
They said they were there to save the children,
instead weapons of mass seduction were forced between parched lips.
Where are we now?
There is nothing Green here, there are only more SUVs.
The mercenaries drive these beasts,
burning with the slick remains of fossilized extinction,
hauling cargo of three kinds of cheese,
pepperoni, and canned tomato sauce.
A trek over paved roads can be more volatile than
traveling though an isolated dune at midday.
IowaIf you visit Iowa,
you'll call her fields empty,
but she wasn't born that way.
A part of her was carved out
when she was ripped between Virginia
and the purple mountains of New Mexico.
Her gold hair, she tore it out when she realized
it didn't make her a princess.
She laid her locks strung along every road
leading somewhere else.
White hairs on her cheeks
are scars from winter.
Her hair darkens with the dampness
of summer rains.
The storms are never silent,
but neither is life when there's a tear
in your childhood where
a parent ought to be.
I've been flooded by Iowa's sorrow.
The only way I can distract her from her own voided landscape
is if I hate myself harder than she cries.
She just wants to fly
and I want to bus or train,
not because I fear death, but because
I want to take living slow.
It's the only way I ever feel.
From the air it's hard to watch Earth's hips move.
But Earth can't compare to the country.
That's my girl.
Full grown even when harvesting season's j
To depression, for creating days without endWake up to the realization that you've been awake
for seconds, minutes, hours.
You've been awake in this warm, dark room
and you don't know how long it's been
but now you're conscious
and it starts again--
the pain, strong and steady, in your chest.
You gain consciousness in this too warm morning
and your thoughts whir in endless loops
because it's either that or face the weight in your chest.
Light breaks though the window, soft and unwelcome
but you take it as a reluctant gift--
a new distraction from the feelings awake in your chest.
Awake, but not conscious.
So you think yourself in circles a little while longer
waiting for those quiet pains
(the constant reminder)
to gain consciousness.
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