Aftermath

 

Aftermath 

   rust. Being one phase of corruption, a matter of
resolve. When I surrender, the implication is of giving
over, moving above, allowance. Delivering despite
the steady flaking away at what colors me intact.
The quiet evening had lulled me to this inevitability:
when oxides subsume the original metal, the expansion
may result in catastrophe. Yesterday’s arc, tomorrow’s
trial. Failure’s bloom.

 

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“Aftermath” first appeared in the print publication Sheepshead Review. Thank you to Audrey Schultz and staff for taking this poem.

7 thoughts on “Aftermath

  1. Many levels of identification here … though there is some beauty in some iron rust … I am gripped by “corruption” and “flaking away” thinking of likelihood of “steady fading away” of what we’ve deemed solid, indestructible … our Supreme Court as “Failure’s bloom” …

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