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Mother Contemplates the Apocalypse

December 13, 2008

Some days are like that — everything
means something:
two parallel pits in fresh snow, filled with black
ice and surrounded by sediment, by rock
in eruption; a perpendicularly driven bread
truck gliding down the road’s middle
while traffic in each direction scatters; four dark basses that scuttle
up slippery stairs
without a missed beat; little knots
of black-shelled figures
at every corner waiting with the same expectant faces,
each gaze pinned
on the horizon, with a regularly-timed
pulse of eye
to wrist to road in the measure of one hardly-noticeable sigh;
the bus that never arrives; the runaway dog;
the lengthening knives hanging from every roof’s edge.

by Wendy Vardaman

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  1. December 13, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Oh. Terrific poem. Scary as hell.

  2. December 15, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    Wendy Vardaman’s poetry always surprizes me. I find myself with cold hands and a heart tasting its lost warmth. Words need a poet like Wendy to be seen and heard again.

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