Poetry and Poetics
"Tell me something," she says. "Do any flowers look
just like that, those blossoms of black, orange, red?"
She points at the screen, napalm flowering in the dawn.
"Some strange beauty from far enough not to feel
or smell, riots of deep embers glowing like fierce clouds?"
He nods, cannot find the words, remembers that
one time. That moment on the mountain he looked down
into a too green valley, B-52s so high he could not see
the spot in the sky where bombs dropped, some odd
whistling noise, some in-rushing of air, down and down
until in one moment, one space of time, dark green
turned to some color it had never meant to be and the smell
of the morning changed to nothing anyone could love,
a smell of heat and decay and green things turning gray.
© by H. Palmer Hall
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