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70th Weekly Poetry Contest winner: global warming initiative 2016

by jreinhart

gossamer flames
lace the oak
church pew
cracking varnish
not yet worn off
by a thousand pious
asses stretching time

my neighbor worships
football as I worship

little suns
on earth
my heart

my knuckles
crack over
the ashes
of archaim
tracing portraits:
children yet
to be born
stars long
since expired
crude cartoons

lit by flares
pipe torches
burning the last
no longer
there’s so much
of society left
to burn –
this global warming
will leave no one
in the cold

First published in On The Verge - http://otvmagazine.com/2016/02/01/global-warming-initiative-2016/

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