Black Oil, by William Kemmett, 2010

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Black Oil

By: William Kemmett

Igneus Press

2010

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Black Oil

I know the part of me

I accept, so well.

When the dime-size

bald spot in the back

of my head turned

into a half moon, I

stopped worrying.

 

I remember when

the screech of metal

breaking metal was subway

to hell between a crossword

puzzle and the sports page

of an eye calibrated

to compensate a sudden stop.

 

There is a riot

of razor-billed blackbirds

behind a smiling billboard

no one seems to notice.

 

Fifty years and

fifty feet away

the birds are a fiery red

at the sunflower seeds

that have taken root

by the birdfeeder –

 

Arrayed in the random

wind and rain. Nothing

is lost, and the black seeds

of the sun bloom into

huge lilies reaching

for the light.

 

from Black Oil, Igneus Press/deadCpress, Bedford, NHj/Boston, MA, 2010, p.26.