Tuesday, December 9, 2008

for Charles Maxwell Anderson

Pennsy-Cali Breakdown

trees in california on fire,
their halo of sparks becoming
the swarm of lightning bugs in this yard,
if they all lit at once

compressed between the san andreas fault
and the pacific ocean

straddling the rolling western reaches
of the appalachian chain

it's no one's fault
we cannot reach each other

even with
the choked smoke signals of burning palms,
the flashed morse code of lightning bugs

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