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Tuesday, January 10, 2023


by Imogen Arate

Old games parade as old storms churn 
into nebulous knots to hypnotize the 
engaged gaze and whip the bewitched
Ouroboros to stalk and swallow its own 

Tail then torso then head tuck into
singularity's impish wicked wink 
before the glutted ingestion implodes 
to gush diarrheal waterfalls

We gawk at the wondrous displays 
disasters dazzle before the eyes 
as brittle bones crack to form the
new veins of sanguine traffic lanes

Crimson lanterns blink our woes
as greenbacks slush to blanch hope
from budding evergreen while slid mud
pools to crackle as scorched summer bark

Ancient feast-and-famine tales we
fantasize to tell as spirits of our progeny
braid their flickering lifelines into the wispy
fingers of another atmospheric stream

Imogen Arate is an award-winning Asian-American poet and writer and the Executive Director of Poets and Muses which hosts a poetry podcast that won second place at National Federation of Press Women's 2020 Communications Contest, where Imogen had served as a national-level poetry judge in 2021 and 2022.  You can follow her @PoetsandMuses and @ImogenArate on Twitter and Instagram.