A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature
Among “countries that are counterfeits of Death,”
Baudelaire in 1846 could not foresee Belarus
Where throats festooned with red crescent scars
Grin across schoolrooms and orphanage wards.
Even an aesthete like Gerard de Nerval
Who leashed his lobster for a stroll to the opera
Could not divine this couture of the doomed—
Post-op jewelry where butterfly-shaped
Thyroids blackened, then bloomed.
Copyright 2015 Michael Waters. First published in Cardinal Points.