09 June 2013

Don’t Let Up

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Mississippi River Barges
By Ed Schipul from Houston, TX, USA.

Life in the shallows doesn't suit poets
except as relief, a minute's respite
from numbers dead in bus accidents and
building collapses, tornadoes and wars

But shallows intensify surges—when  
water piles up, it seeks  release; so dredge 
my living organs, clear channels in moss 
and swamp, pile statistics on barges and tug

Posted at Poets United for Poetry Pantry # 153.

Inspired by Apiary's Launch Party and an article in the New York Times, "Shallow Waters and Unusual Path May Worsen the Surge" by By  and  (October 28, 2012), available HERE.

Copyright © 2013 S.L.Chast

I have turned off comments at Susan's Poetry for awhile. 
It may be that our poems will dialogue with each other during this hiatus.