Joanne Lowery
 
 

 

         MR. DEAD DEFINES THE DARK

Iím not the one you think,

the one who lisps th to his name,

who melodramatically draped in black

scythes each umbilical for the last time.

Iím with you yet

even as you are with each other,

the corpse you drag around

charred by an inner fire

silent because its mouth is glued,

someone you loved now an absence

a white hole perforated at the edges.

Electricity from some despicable source

(fossil fuels or nuclear voodoo)

travels down a wire in a way

youíll never understand, lighting up

each bulb lashed together

blinking on Americaís December lawn.

Around each of them the opposite of shadow

tries to create a sunny world

where youíre too cold to live.

I live too despite this moribund label.

Whatís your excuse for not being glad?

Let your mind be a star to follow.

Copyright © 2002 Joanne Lowery.  All Rights Reserved.

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