Tuesday, March 8, 2011

midweek soil

Harvey S. Mozolak

chimney soot
from what is burned
to keep us warm
against the cold that slowly kills

camouflage across the face
smeared to hide who and where we are
from others
who hate us for who we are and have

leftovers from the game
of playing far too hard
and wiped work from tired eyes
dirt furrowed in the trails of sweat

the soil of the week
spent struggling to strengthen
drawn from the earth
singed and flamed by hate
the oil suspended leaf shading
the skin with limbs that carry all
in the filthy mark of cleansing

(from the year 2000)

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