Goddesses & Gods

from by Strong Force



I’ve seen the sun come up on the inside pages of a magazine.
I’ve seen it glare on windows and tear through office buildings.

I’ve touched the back of your neck at the place where skull and muscle meet.
I’ve seen the napes of others: hundreds, thousands on a screen.

So please now darling,
Get up, turn on the light,
And take a picture.

I heard about a goddess who jumped from her father’s face.
Who was it? Aphrodite? I really don’t remember.

Her life was out of order, and all the bills came due.
So she put on her armor, and drew her camera too.

Please now darling,
Get up, turn on the light,
And take a picture.


from Everyday, released May 1, 2017



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Bleary, buying brats in the superstore foyer, filled with wildfire panic and slab-eternal calm, our contestants stand tall in the august April blue (though down, sometimes, it's true, in their rooms). Hard questions raised in the kitchen, maybe after breakfast they'll mentor local pros. Handsome-hearted mudslingers, live to sing another day on some confusion about the W-2s! ... more

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