ancient oak tree

lightning scarred trunk

branches sag

folded–winged vultures

awaiting roadkill dream


ancient me

dystrophied body

arms, hands, legs

knife cuts and fire burns

Cronus eats his son*


roadside crows

dead jackrabbit feast

blooded claws 

desert highway sings

bleak ribbon of death


soft muscles rot

stench of mortality

sweet decay

the body says “enough”

the soul says “hang tough”


ancient oak tree

blowing in the wind

no answer, friend

vulture wings unfold

black clouds at sunset 

 * Saturn Devouring His Son by

Francisco Goya. It shows the Greek myth of the Titan Cronus who, fearing that he would be overthrown by one of his children, ate each one upon their birth.

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