Poems of People and Place

“Poems of People and Place” is a collection of pieces by author Michael Pollick that center around being absolutely human, and the places that help keep us that way.

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“Poems of People and Place” is a collection of pieces by author Michael Pollick that center around being absolutely human, and the places that help keep us that way.

Oven

I see in her mottled skin

such visions

of dishwater pain,

The desperately overturned

second-hand furniture,

stripped bare of our lunch money.

Here in the crispest of mornings

lies purpose- in oatmeal, in Praise the Lord,

in sitting still while the tea boils;

Here in the emptiness of my third grade,

she is free to be trapped in polyester,

free to consider all the worlds

her hands have had to make from scratch.

(He is a forgetful bastard this morning,

all caught up in his steering gears

without a drop of change.)

So this is what warmth can be,

as we huddle by the gas oven for heat,

and stare holes through the blue flames.

She is not my mother this morning-

She is a scalloped-skinned mutt,

carefully trampling down the circles

where she may find tea-stained redemption.

I would tell you more,

but sometimes yellow

trucks stop by,

to rescue small children

from all matters human.

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