As tempers rise, popcorn hearts crackle free from their shells
the smooth skin of this town puckers under rainless clouds
Hell has never felt closer so far above sea level
There is a sweating mug of unmarked tea insensitively
exhaling on every damp neck; it’s sitting on my desk and I
think how incriminating it must be to leave tea rings where
fighting words might lay bare if only I had the will to move
in this intolerable heat
eKY Flood Relief Annotation 8/27/22
Heat makes us all a bit itchy. This is a photo of my desk in the staff room of WMMT 88.7.
If you have donated to Eastern Kentucky flood relief at any of the links I've shared in this poetry campaign so far, thank you so much for your love to my friends. Let me know if you have; I want to send you a handwritten copy of one of the Kentucky Collection poems on a plantable card. If you have donated to multiple groups, thank you THANK YOU and I'll send you as many plantable poems as you have donated. Together, we can help Appalachia (and your yard) bloom after the rain.
Support Possum Radio in getting back on air: https://tinyurl.com/wmmt887
Return to the Kentucky Collection.