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“It’s Not Lost”

“It’s Not Lost”(c) 2021 by Michael L. Utley It’s not lost on meHow this coral-tinctured eveTempers morning’s joyWith sadness and coos of dovesGrieve dying light’s somber end It’s not lost on me that INever got to bid farewellAs sun languishesOn melancholy verge ofDay’s bitter demise It’s not lost on meThat no matter how I triedI …

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“A Tanka Trio (5)”

(c) 2021 by Michael L. Utley (#13) It is only bloodJust a cut on father’s headBattered mother weepsI have slain the beast for nowTen-year-old son dies inside ….. (#14) In the backyard ballBounces against shed all dayLouder louder mustDrown out monster’s roaring voiceDusty tears streak child’s face ….. (#15) There are things that IShould not …

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“A Tanka Trio (4)”

(c) 2021 by Michael L. Utley (#10) Ersatz patriotsGabble lustily amidSmoke and blood and screamsMindless primal mob worshipsQ-birthed abomination ….. (#11) What have we becomeSun sets on all we have knownCultists rend and tearThe soul of democracyFreedom’s heart weeps in darkness ….. (#12) We cannot surviveThe lies of those who seek toSilence our voicesWe will …

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