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Friday, October 19, 2012


by Brad Garber

Image source: Naharnet

The developers cut down all but five trees
One hundred more lay in death, waiting
For development into coffins or houses
Into which the refugees will fly and nest
Awaiting the next dislocation, the bombs
Flying like falling birds into residents
Bullets through the walls, body parts
Scattered about the roots, foodstuff
Of dissent and transformation into malls
And new nations, free of the sounds
Of singing children in the moonlight

Brad Garber has published poetry in Cream City Review, Alchemy, Fireweed, “gape seed” (an anthology published by Uphook Press), Front Range Review, theNewerYork Press, Taekwondo Times, Ray’s Road Review, Flowers & Vortexes (Promise of Light), Emerge Literary Journal, Generation Press, Penduline Press, Dead Flowers: A Poetry Rag and Mercury.  His essays have been published in Brainstorm NW, Naturally magazine and N, The Magazine of Naturist Living.  He has also published erotica in Oysters & Chocolate, Clean Sheets and MindFuckFiction.  A musician/lyricist since 1969, Brad was a 2003 Regional Semi-Finalist in the USA Songwriting Competition, and Honorable Mention in 1980 and 1981.