In the journal of memory, disaster

the most used synonym for this
century, these days, & stripped

down to essential, to fragment
what was left & what left behind.

The scale this sky seems to hold
forth, makes of itself something

worthy reflection, when striking
& perfectly lit we have to turn

away, shield our eyes, keep focus
trained down. When cloudless

becomes punishing. When blue.
How morning can come after

those sirens. How after flooded &
torn away. How always after ruin.





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