• Vol. 09
  • Chapter 05

Bucolic Dust Jackets

Whippoorwills, robins, hummingbirds
and herons grace covers of sheet music,
poetry, and verse, redirecting attention
from human crafted idols where we
dwell in remarkable happenstance free
to evolve, emote, refashion pastoral
self-effacement amid olive branches
and centipede divisions, feet marching
in step to songs lacking melodies.

Euphemisms cloak our visage
obscuring intent, calling warfare
police action, riot squads peace keepers,
topless bar dancers confidence builders,
chirping birds at dawn target practice.