2 Poems by Christopher Iacono

Tomatoes and Radio Wires

When we first met,
you gave me the
fruit of your trust.
I bit the soft flesh,
savored the watery gel,
swished around every seed
before swallowing them.
We planted a new promise
to give back as much
as you would take.

Instead, frazzled copper
fibers grow in their place
bending, twisting,
coiling into metallic
fruit bursting at the sides,
splitting down the middle,
spilling in its sourness onto
the dried-up, blighted soil
of the garden we once
dreamed of tending together.

 

Invader
Inspired by Bernard Cohen’s Early Mutation Green No. II (1960)

A vaporous
body floats in
the crystal blue
expanse. It masks
sunlight, darkens the
heavens, ripples tranquility.
Its diffused, fingerless body
grips the hearts of those who
watch while it attempts to wrap its
arms and legs around the deciduous
souls deep inside the hard, furrowed barks
of oaks and maples. Its shadow washes over
the opened mouths of those thirsting for warmth,
comfort, nostalgia for moments as fresh as green blades
now caught in mesh fabric of ghostly shade. The last rays
of sun vanish behind this intruding mass spitting flurries of
cold wind against skin. The ones who can move their limbs slip away
from its darkness, leave their footprints in the naked grass, but the cloud only
grows larger, thickening into a noxious smoke, gushing under the front doors, flooding
every room, grabbing the backs of our feet, and pulling us down into an ever-shifting ocean of smog.

 

About the author:

Christopher Iacono lives with his wife and son in Massachusetts. He has been published in Zetetic: A Record of Unusual Inquiry, Dirty Chai, Pidgeonholes, among others. You can learn more about him at cuckoobirds.org or find him on Twitter (@ciacono1973) or Instagram (@ciacono761).

 

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