Geneva peace talks on a subject of the lives not living
in the crematorium heat of a Damascus prison
only break bread between those not given
a holy perspective on the horrors they’ve driven.
Flour, water and time – a fine line between broke and risen
when the slaughterhouse is synonymous with the stolen kitchen
where they bake drone surveillance into a trojan griffin
with no ears to the ground, ‘cause only the ocean listens
to the felonious sound of too many lives parishioned
by birth to resource defined sacred jurisdictions
that lay the lines on the maps with a spool of Odin’s ribbon
only to blow them away with tools of bespoke ambition.
Remove imperfections from the safety of where the explosion isn’t,
securely speaking in silence of their cash woven visions
while turning water to crime. Hope and care won’t provoke decisions
of power, fodder and mind. Poke the bear – don’t stoke the fission.
Hannibal Lecture is a prolific and fast-rising Canadian poet from British Columbia’s smoky interior. Drawing inspiration from real life – whether it be those rare and covetous joyous moments, the absurdities of inane convention, or the harrowing ordeals that plague the human condition – Lecture speaks to all of these, and is thus a renewing force to a noble medium. “The Ocean Listens” was previously published in his poetry collection Arguments With Mortality (Alanna Rusnak Publishing, 2017).