Overseers

Mitch Grabois

The corn cringes
beneath the turbines’ furious gaze
When they were Monsanto
genetically modified seeds
they thought they were agriculture’s
WASP bluebloods
who could never be maligned

but in the fields
they grow under
the bladed overseers’ cold stares
Their impulse to flourish
is now equaled by their impulse to wither
eros and thanatos with tassles

For their part, the turbines feel constrained by the soft breeze
they want a hurricane
They want to spin
in a steroid wind

The fields of corn irritate them
all those redundant rows
the dull sameness of the world beneath them

The windmills pray for a field-consuming fire
thousands of acres of blackened
crop
a fire to generate a stiff
howling wind
 
 
 
 
Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois has had over a thousand of his poems and fictions appear in literary magazines in the U.S. and abroad. He has been nominated for numerous prizes. His novel, Two-Headed Dog, based on his work as a clinical psychologist in a state hospital, is available for Kindle and Nook, or as a print edition. To see more of his work, google Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois. He lives in Denver.