SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 13, 2015) Lightning strikes the water as San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) navigates between storms. The Essex Amphibious Ready Group is currently operating in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Liam Kennedy/Released)


by Timothy Russow, Jr.

Now and here with no variation | the twitch makes you want more | blossoms and unfolds like origami | a martial art | the current and pulse turn |

This desert like walking headfirst into a hairdryer | rolling dunes as blanket upon blanket | sand and soil and scorpion | smoothing out like pumice | the cliché of dust informed and boiling |

You know the computer models suggest we are all going to die | if heart failure doesn’t get you first | we are stewards not saviors | and fetch only those frozen and lightheaded | glaring with jaws agape | the other |

Home is where you place it | like a small bird bouncing branch to branch pecking at the seed you left in the feeder | to flutter off at the slightest commotion | then return with friends all the same | and yield |