I did not come to bring peace

A poem by C. Derick Varn

Did someone order the blitz:
The foliage burns bright orange
But not hot enough to leave embers
True blue. Hometown blues: I
Should have pillaged the vinyl siding
To make the napalm, left the ranch-
Style homes naked, insulation exposed.

I came weary on the Megabus, but
I leave riding a pale horse, golden eagle
Perched on my leather-clad wrist,
With a wineskin filled with kerosene
And a quiver of arrows. From Atlanta
To be Mobile, I will leave only scorched
Debris to feed the kudzu. I feed eagle

The lungs of each kill, deck my saddle
With notes of Sherman’s biography
And antlers of the whitetail deer
Left on the roadside. I watch men
Sleep on the bus, riding to nowhere
And then to the maze of Peach Tree
Streets that make the concrete

Grove outside of I-85. It is home
That grows each hunter , and each
Khan. Memories to sack and raise.
Who holds church for our sacred
Mission? IF you see me, you
Should know that love you
But I have good aim and I need
Fuel to burn so I can see the future.

 


C. DERICK VARN IS A POET AND TEACHER NOW LIVING IN SALT LAKE CITY. HIS FIRST COLLECTION, APOCALYPTICS, IS AVAILABLE FROM UNLIKELY BOOKS. HE WAS A POETRY REVIEWER FOR THE HONG KONG REVIEW OF BOOKS. HE ALSO READS THEORY AND NONFICTION FOR ZERO BOOKS AND IS A PODCAST CO-HOST AND CO-PRODUCER FOR SYMPTOMATIC REDNESS AND ALTERNATIVES.
HE HAS SPENT MOST OF THE LAST DECADE IN SOUTH KOREA, MEXICO, AND EGYPT. HE TRAVELED WITH HIS PARTNER THROUGH ASIA, TURKEY, AND MEXICO. HE STUDIES THE HISTORY OF SOCIALISM AND ALTERNATIVE POLITICAL MOVEMENTS. HE WANTS TO BE MONGOLIAN HORSE ARCHER WHEN HE GROWS UP.
Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s