another way to go (firing squad)

Michael Prihoda

 

is

            blindness

            some             kind

                        of

 Old Testament                    mercy?

                         it’s seismic               the way

             the hood puckers

             at every                     intake            of breath.

 in that blindness lies

a realization of how                                  the universe’s arms

 never stop widening;                    how               still

 a hurtling rock can seem

 when twelve guns

 point at one heart

 

                        crack!!

-ack!

            -ack!

                       

   -ack!

 

slump.

                         trickle.

             some new evolution.


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Michael Prihoda lives in central Indiana. He is the founding editor of After the Pause, an experimental literary magazine and small press. His work has received nominations for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net Anthology and he is the author of nine poetry collections, most recently Out of the Sky (Hester Glock, 2019).