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Slices of Air

"Amid the jagged shadows of mossy
leafless boughs;"
                        Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Earth Rips different
Not like cloth

 tearing, sharp, painful sounds
Thicker cloth nêe bursts
baritone harshness

Ripping from earth, done
solemnly, knowing greater
calamitous unearthing is
certain, feels like bursting

Buttons, brief       Eyelash

Flash of shock, something
missing, phantom pain some


My drying herbs, roots and all
Gave up this way, by my hand

As the 70' Norway Spruce Pine 
in front of 30 Rock NYC
Slowly weeps tears of sweet sap

Squeezed from constricting veins
Machines      surprising vast

Vascular networks of life below

Forced abscission really

Slowly dying, withering, shackled
In stantions for all to admire in
Spectacled holiday lights

Politicians virtue-signal righteous
Uses for its sublimated limbs

Sticks of assorted stature for
Sordid assignments...

I'll spice my curries
with my hand-pulled



Copyright © James Marshall Goff | Year Posted 2019


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  1. Date: 12/31/2019 4:41:00 PM

    Food for thought indeed James. Happy New Year and shalom, shalom Brother. Anil
  1. Date: 12/24/2019 10:28:00 PM

    A mind too keen not to love - a pen too trembling not to share - a heart too caring not to hug - words too meaningful not to contemplate! Merry Life my friend Jimbo.......
  1. Date: 12/15/2019 5:43:00 PM

    Who's Herb? Seriously though good poetic commentary from the Jimbobster
  1. Date: 12/10/2019 3:36:00 PM

    Wow, you covered some ground with this one. Well penned.
  1. Date: 12/10/2019 8:56:00 AM

    Dropping by to say hi. ;0)
  1. Date: 12/1/2019 11:45:00 AM

    You had me at the title. Much to absorb with this one. These slices of air are weighty.