William Michaelian

Poems, Notes, and Drawings


Another Library of America book purchase: William Wells Brown: Clotel and Other Writings.

Violence at Oregon’s state capitol — flags, baseball bats, guns. Only humans are intelligent enough to express themselves in this manner.

High winds from the east. Smoke and ash. Fires raging in the Cascades. Widespread evacuations. Windows closed against the elements. Early morning. Here in the dark, one thinks of the birds. The cricket in the rhododendron sings on. His song is not of the lungs, perhaps not even of this world. One thinks of the homeless. One thinks of poverty and war. One thinks of empty men whose very existence causes suffering and death. And then one thinks of cucumbers cool on the vine, and a first, and last, sweet kiss.

September 8, 2020


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