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the most dangerous weapon

 

M. P. Powers

 

 

 

nothing has ever cost mankind

so much blood –not religion caligula

megatsunamis hemorrhoids or the

huns . . . nothing's ever come close

to putting so many of us

underground

not the gulag or the howitzer

gun, not killer bees human

stampedes alexander the great or heart

disease . . .  nothing, that is, but the

sweet eroticism of a sumptuous

demoiselle, in bloom

and sensuously insinuating . . .  

there's nothing in the world

quite like it, and nothing so ultimately

murderous

 

 

 

 

 

Vantage Point

 

M. P. Powers



in the naked contours of darkness
i feel the delicate marigolds of her
soft touch, nosing out metaphors
in me, as the hours awaken and
deepen their meaning . . .  we are
safe here from yesterday, in the
warm syllables of this
gesturing evening, the moon is a
lilac looking down on us . . . as the
wind strokes the curtains alive, she
jiggles me through her quenchable
mind and i feel the sweet blade of
a pasha between her thoughts,
borne of wisdom, and between mine,
i pour into her my just blue
soul . . . and we are whole again, in
the strange illiterature of this room . . .

we are safe here from tomorrow

 

 

 

 

M.P. Powers has work published or forthcoming in The New York Quarterly, Slipstream, Main Street Rag, Ghoti Magazine, Underground Voices and many others.

 

He was born in Chicago, but has lived in Florida since 1985. He has worked as patio furniture salesman, a dragger-of-tree-limbs-to-the-wood-chipper (no official job title), a weedeater mechanic and a shark-suit tester. In his spare time, he erects origami boulders by crumpling up his failed poems.

 

 

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