Father's Day, 3022 by Nick Smith

Nine hundred years, about, since mimosa
blooms waked homeplace. Abscission for fathers
came too, and sons. Not me. I propose a
rock plunged here’d find chimney. “Who bothers

with dousing the deep,” you may ask, “for stone?”
Junkyard, high wall, timber road, tater patch.
Eventual’s how I end up. Alone
with centuries, the ridges seas catch

in tides, then totality. Island strands
drowned out hillshape memory. Seasons slurred
deciduous. Tree skeletons made stands
like giant coral, leaves falling upward. 

Anymore I convene just with spirits
anymore, that’s all who’s left to hear it. 

Nick Smith is a multimedia artist and agitator trying to rouse the sleeping giant of communism in central Appalachia. Previous work can be found in Now & Then, and Still: The Journal. Nick is a previous editor and graphic designer for Wind Magazine.

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