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Alan Soldofsky: Late Days

Again, the sky is skinless. This morning
when the wind swirls it shreds apart

molecules of fog, funneling what mist
remains toward the beseeching mouths of grass.

The clouds no longer remember to bring
rain. Thus, smoke rises beside the freeway

from behind a construction site ringed by  
encampments where the unhoused house themselves

under camo-colored tarps. The rest
of their day is given to

anything that can remove the pain, 
that’s branded inside their hearts.

Gusts rattle the palms, stripping away fronds 
that now litter the roads, and a downed power line

like a rubbery black worm, one end split 
down to its plaited hot aluminum core. 

Whose conscience is clear seeing those
dismal, flammable outposts sequestered 

behind a half built or half dismantled 
apartment block, like a human wrecking yard, 

where so many of us come to give up 
finding spare parts needed to make repairs?


Copyright 2022 Alan Soldofsky

Alan Soldofsky is the author of In the Buddha Factory (Truman State University Press, 2013). He teaches at San Jose State University where he directs the MFA program in Creative Writing. He lives in San Jose.

One comment on “Alan Soldofsky: Late Days

  1. vengodalmare
    March 22, 2022

    Lineare, pulita, perfetta; bella.

    Liked by 1 person

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