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Michael Simms: Envoi

Oh poor dear

Broken America

To whom will you

Leave your bars

And laundromats?

Who will inherit

The warehouses

Of the dying?

Who will want

The poisoned soil

The Gideon Bibles 

The libraries of ghosts?


Copyright 2021 Michael Simms

Michael Simms is the founding editor of Vox Populi. His latest collection of poems is American Ash (Ragged Sky, 2020).

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14 comments on “Michael Simms: Envoi

  1. Katherine Lawrence
    March 25, 2021

    a sad commentary on what is left behind

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Vincent Spina
    March 23, 2021

    So sad. What has become of our country? Between the lines you may read that we brought it all on ourselves

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Russell Buker
    March 21, 2021

    Love this

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Sarah Gordon
    March 21, 2021

    Terrific, stunning observation!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Alan D. Soldofsky
    March 21, 2021

    Powerful poem, Michael.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Jim Newsome
    March 21, 2021

    An envoi, but also an elegy…At the end I see empty rooms of tattered books

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Saleh Razzouk
    March 21, 2021

    Very wise short piece.
    Reminding me of I Am Waiting by Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vox Populi
      March 21, 2021

      Thank you, Saleh, for reminding me of the poem by Ferlinghetti, one of my favorites.

      Liked by 1 person

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