Thursday, June 24, 2010

Black Rainbows

An ocean full of poisoned black rainbows
like a spit in the face
of God's promise to Noah.

Don't eat that fish.
It's been swimming in toxic wakes,
crying mandrake-bitter chemical tears.

Corporate Leviathans heave from the depths
coughing up oil-stained profits
before the walls of Nineveh and New Orleans.

If the Gulf Stream were on fire
some people would use it
to destroy records they didn't have time to shred.

Who knew Sargasso weed could burn?
The dove's feathers stick together,
as black as the crow's.

There will no refuge
from the second deluge.
What good is an ark on a sea without dolphins?

Haul down the Jolly Roger and the scarlet flag
of no-quarter. Pirate gold is black now
and so are rainbows.

--for Big Tent Poetry
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10 comments:

Everyday Goddess said...

very powerful, with so many stunning images.

Stan Ski said...

This is, dare I say it... slick!

1sojournal said...

Wonderful imagery and beautifully said.

Elizabeth

briarcat said...

ouch, that's good
"some people would use it
to destroy records they didn't have time to shred" that is disturbingly close to the truth.

Mary said...

My favorite line is "What good is an ark on a sea without dolphins?" Strong work!

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caroleesherwood said...

"pirate gold is black" is a great line!

Diane T said...

I like the idea of black rainbows and black golf. Very unique!

Tumblewords: said...

Very visual.

nan said...

This is killer!

rallentanda said...

excellent poem!