New Life on an Old Farm

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Ivy pushes asphalt shingles apart,
cascading from an outhouse roof.

Aphids suckle the last dangling limbs
of broken and heart-rotten willows.

Maggots infest a stray cat’s sores,
its breathing heavy in the weeds.

New hungers crowd over the earth,
churning stale air with eddies of wings.

 

 

Copyright © 2017 by Michael B. Smetzer

Detail from "Moon Night" - acrylic painting on wood by Mike Smetzer

Detail from “Moon Night” – acrylic painting on wood by Mike Smetzer

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