Friday, 5 May 2017

4 Poems by Lisa Panepinto

please lift our breathless lungs

blood on the streets
put there by military cops
who will police the police?

wild river stranger  clean my eyes
before they burn & tear in gasoline
downtown with the blood
of black children shed in dirty snow

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you cowards can’t kill me!
spray painted across the bridge
above the tracks

your hand on my arm
leading me protectively
across cars


forever rivers

temporary coal
trains    temporary steam
plants    temporary pulp
mills    temporary prisons
temporary factories
forever mountains    forever rivers
thank you earth giver

purple and red fish
coming from under the log
after i put my feet in rain creek
and my baby followed me in
how lucky i am
fireflies in the night
the beauty of being alive


exiled

wanted only by the sea
and rivers
by hibiscus
& red branch
flowers in the night
& that’s a lot

slick fish
gliding by clean
& fluid   hidden
among the throb
of bridges


city of visionaries covered in diesel

strangeness of not
having wilderness
to commune with
now i pray to each star
patch of sky
plot of grass
& graveyard wind

river that shines
wild blue oceanic at night


Bionote

Lisa Panepinto is the author of two poetry collections, On This Borrowed Bike (Three Rooms Press, 2013) and Island Dreams (Cabildo Press, 2009). Her writing has appeared in The Accompanist, Maintenant, Pittsburgh City Paper, Red Flag Poetry, Yes, Poetry and more. She is poetry editor for Cabildo Quarterly, an online and print literary journal.

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