The images of school children

Dead

Arms up

Like they are resting

Stars

Everywhere

In the wreckage of a

Great plane

 

With burning rubble

And skin

I am now weakened

And dulled

So much that I do not

Feel a thing

At the site of this

Carnage

 

Focusing instead

On my performance

Metrics

And rhythms of

Holiday planning

And school breaks

And oil changes

“Nothing new

 

To look at

Here”

The signs read

I acquiesce

And turn my head

Down

To focus on lines

In the pavement

 

by Morgan Bazilian

 

Morgan Bazilian is a short story writer and poet based in Dublin, Ireland, and Telluride, Colorado. His poetry has appeared in: Exercise Bowler, Pacific Poetry, Angle Poetry, Dead Flowers, Poetry Quarterly and Innisfree. His stories have been published in Eclectica, South Loop Review, Embodied Effigies, Shadowbox, Slab, and Glasschord.

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