machines at work
despised metal makes light the only remaining routine
peopled walks are a swallowed sky, bordered, stolen.
torn, wrenching rejoices at difficulty.
blank walls communicate silenced fire
to celebrate the despondent, dispassionate,
freestanding mettle. still living, synthetic:
an unmarked hillside or populated city equally
the underbelly of a forgotten fertile plain.
logics night repentant.
a slowed crawl, fuels forgetting.
Betsy Fagin is the author of Names Disguised (Make Now Press, 2014), Poverty Rush (Three Sad Tigers, 2011), the science seemed so solid (dusie kollektiv, 2011), Belief Opportunity (Big Game Books Tinyside, 2008), Rosemary Stretch (dusie e/chap, 2006) and For every solution there is a problem (Open 24 Hours, 2003). All is Not Yet Lost is forthcoming from Belladonna in 2015.