Poetry 2013 / Volume 44

Radioactivity — Glenn Halak

Photons long as worms
from here to everywhere
the dark soil between stars

sunshine licking love
out of tin cans

eyes burning with emptiness
wigs
flaring in the molten heat of planetary cores

predators pick things apart
to eat
individually

there are no dots to connect

belief, stun gun, nematodes,
a paralytic agent,
Is
working its poison

watch for the box jellyfish
in suits and tentacle ties
beside shark fin towers

paramedics are helpless
once the toxin has cloned
what you want to be

echoes run around lost children
paths diverge and collide
with subatomic splendor

slick arm of a skinny young man

his fiancé is dancing with the moon
in a dress of savage light

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