Urgent Message When Flashing

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It’s power, of a kind, to draw
the attention

ACCIDENT EXIT 93 EXPECT DELAYS

of zombied motorists with a
silent,
amber scream

FLOODING HWY 2 ALT RTE CR KK

to warn of jackknives, pileups, sinkholes,
(perhaps) transdimentional hordes

COFFEE ON CAR ROOF FULL DARK ROAST HELP

on southbound I-85.

As the boundaries of traffic form and
fade within
roving, elongated

GLORIOUS DETOUR RTE 17 EXIT 12

search lights
how bleary and half-dozed must seem

DO NOT IGNORE CHECK ENGN LIGHT ASK UNCLE JACK

the line of urgency at 3:27 AM.

How stippled, how cracked.

DID YOU HEAR THAT

Yes, But

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Our fear of slippery slopes
kills joy in its sleep,
ties God’s hands behind our backs,
rises from Satan’s coffee to
curl about his face as he stands
in his bathrobe watching a black
dawn loom above the trees.

Crazy Cat Lady

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I cradled him, fresh from a morning
surveying his kingdom, into my face;

smelled winter beneath his fur,
flowerbeds behind his collar.

Wondered at those who collect these
haughty envoys, risking the ire

of municipal codes and threadbare
trope of crippling loneliness

to surround themselves with smells of
life, now, beyond their grasp.

My Life As an Adverb

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in the beginning was the Word;
it has/will been/be, ever since/more.

some (words) are more
import-
signific-
relev-
ant than others, without
which the story is lost or
meaning less.

some ARE, some DO,
while some ARE/DO both while
never break-
ing
stride.

the others, though,
gild and embellish
are clutter and noise,
momentary-
ily
worthy of a roughshod draft;
unworthy, certain-
ly,
of eternity.

do they know if they
ARE or DO or do they
wait, anxious-
ly,
for the sharp, red pen?