the uninvested free

I. Labor
Stalkless flower from disdainful rain
crowds out speech of child, mock
of grain; fleck, spanner of
heart; in chalk sonnets refrain.

II. Art
Spring bud from disdainful rain
crowds out bleak of child, shock
of pain; mask, agape of
heart; in chalk sonnets refrain.

III. Child
Root spill from disdainful rain
crowds out speck of work, rock
of sain; gash, rust of
heart; in chalk sonnets refrain.

lice and dark

the cafeteria smoulders dark coffee;
    lantern splined by visit of night;
    capture mock of moon, brother,
    sister; the sheep are prime for
slaughter.

“And yet everywhere, the poor are packed like lice into every crevice in the city. People don’t see that any more. It’s as if you shine a light very brightly in one place, the darkness deepens around it.” Arundhati Roy, “The checkbook and the cruise missile.”