Collective Unrest

 

death valley vacuum

September 3, 2018

for those who never came back

 

they raise a gun.

they raise a hand.

one of them goes off.

i think of raising a child

or the lemon tree on my porch

in this climate.

all the heat comes from many sunbursts.

what use are flags

on a windless day?

 

Michael Prihoda lives in central Indiana. He is the editor of After the Pause, an experimental literary magazine and small press. His work has received nominations for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net Anthology and he is the author of eight poetry collections, most recently Years Without Room (Weasel Press, 2018).

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