Creative Corner: “Before Us” &”On Honey”

“Before Us”

Grass garnishes the strip between

Two roads cutting through the country.

Like a lawn, it gleams and welcomes

Passersby to keep their drive.

A tree stands alone in the strip—

Beautiful,

Like a hair on a naked dog—

Beautiful now

That its neighbors are cut.

Beautiful then

Because we were not here,

In the naked streets and stores,

Nor there, in the woods, where

The same beauty stood before—

         A coat.


“On Honey”

Class begins:

The professor’s smoke

Fills our lungs,

Pulls our eyelids.

He speaks through

A netted veil.

He inhales the sweet

We regurgitate.

Class dismissed:

As the smoke lifts,

I hear my mind

Begin to buzz.

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