The Ultimate Sacrifice


That soil is now depleted
And worse than dangerous
It thirsts for fresh nutrition for its decaying roots
It sees its own reflection in the water and ignores the rippling waves
It imagines green leaves sprouting from its dust
It believes its own most vicious lies

The trees have fallen, died, and burned
They’ve buried themselves in sand
They’ve shed their skin
They’ve reduced themselves to splinters

Painting by Hobie Porter

The heavy clouds can’t bear to watch
Such shamelessness
And hide from each other in thundering disgust
With spidery ejaculations of light

Roots won’t hold in soil like this
Destitute of moisture
Begging for others to make the ultimate sacrifice
There is no deception like true belief

Published by mikepowernyc

Named one of New York's Best Emerging Poets 2019, my poetry chapbook The New Normal was published by Analog Submission Press. My novel The Zoo was published by Cacoethes Publishing House. Other poems and short stories have appeared in Subterranean Blue Poetry, The Journal of Microfiction, and Sick Lit Magazine, among others. Other works include a staged reading of my play Digging Up John Barrymore, performed by Dreamcatcher Entertainment, and five albums of original music recorded with my band Late Model Humans.

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