Let Us Hear From You Frederick Pollack

To find one’s genetic material
swirled with that of siblings brings
a glow, a sense of having passed
directly from before- to afterlife.
Especially when milk,
benign and impersonal, the substance of grace
itself, enters, and brief stinging showers
of pepper and paprika, and particles of herb
like wreaths. But all this joy
sinks suddenly into an acid bath –
butter and mushrooms, beside, within one,
they too giving up
their moisture, their nature. Crusted
the color of earth, one suffers a moment
of knowledge: I could have been a contender,
a hen or rooster. And of
hatred: May this fact stick in their craws
like a piece of our shells, may it clog their disposal!
I mean those who loom like evil worlds
and stab and cut and salt and call us good.

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Frederick Pollack is the author of two book-length narrative poems, THE ADVENTURE and HAPPINESS (Story Line Press), and a collection, A POVERTY OF WORDS (Prolific Press). He has many other poems in print and online journals. Another collection, LANDSCAPE WITH MUTANT, will be published in 2018 by Smokestack Books (UK).