This is a different day, not so easy as before
wind up high
dreams wafting about;
someone measures a tree’s girth
or watches a bird always at home
in its travels
people are strolling around the world
in Iraq at a bistro
he says I don’t mind the bombs-
Iraq is so beautiful and things will get better;
it’s too late for any more positives
on this over-extended Earth-
in a science fiction anesthesia.
East Germany before that war…
what was the gist of it…no protests permitted?
Clouds roll over properties for sale.
Just back from China
our tired neighbor says “this is my home… sometimes”
(when the corporation decides..
There are no birds on the sprayed lawns
and people are homeless from Climate Change storms…
too late to turn back.
From the back porch steps
he notes “the crocuses are in bloom
and that’s a good thing.”
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Joan Payne Kincaid has published a collection of work entitled Greatest Hits with Pudding House Publications. She has also published a book with Wayne Hogan entitled The Umbrella Poems in which we both contributed drawings of some of our poems. She has also published a collection of haiku entitled Snapshoots on the web at <TMPoetry.com>. Her work has been published in Gargoyle,Hawaii Review, Limestone Poetry Review, Licking River Review, Iodine, Hampden,Sydney Poetry Review, Main Street Rag, Santa Clara Review, Green Hills Literary Lantern, South Central Review, The South Carolina Review, Cross Currents, Georgetown Review, Edgz, 88, Oyez, Modern Haiku, Iconoclast, Lynx Eye, Yalobusha Review, Mother Earth Journal, Tule Review, The Quarterly, Cairn, among others.
Her other submissions can be seen here.