For three voices simultaneously

the hidden cost of a ravenous
expansionism has called for
frighten’d security measures
following the attacks

the gutted middle class
citing unnamed sources
has alleged a landslide forming
somewhere in the deep middle

and also
a bird
on the ground

and also
a small bird
jumps up


 

It happens in real life the way
it usually only happens
in my mind
for once:

thousands of eyes organic
observing from thousands
of angles—& in native
stereoscopic vision

(I know some people are blind
I know some people see
w/ one eye)—

the unaccountable
movements
of a small bird


 

look
fascism
socialism
careerism

look
anger
white anger
a psychopath

look look
every
body

a bird
a bird
a bird

R.M. O'Brien

R.M. O'BRIEN is a poet and translator living in Henderson, N.Y.

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