Posted by: Ron DuBour | June 29, 2014

Cutting Weather

Poesy plus Polemics

(Originally posted here March 2013)

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seek refuge from storms

in the comforting pain

of a violent skin

so handy to

private stiletto points

sharper than conscience

leaving prettier scars

than self-loathing


lacerate lightning

slice open thunder

with a flick of the wrist

snap-click to release

fierce relief

aboriginal steel

in glad grip of

psychotic pink fingers


stab hurricane hearts

carve the scorn from their winds

lay the blade

to mad voices

that roar in the maw

abjuring its meal

of calcified cold



so why do they do it

excoriate beauty

slash foul raging thoughts

again and again drawing blood

I can only imagine

they do it because

it’s the chiseled-in-flesh

law of madness

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