white as bed sheets, white
as the Nordic race,
colossally unfurling in Montana
butte formations, dark
underbellies, new clusters lolling…
A snaggle-puss face, a great gray
continent, a bear, a shark; the
bust of Augustus Caesar
in the fake sea of
a phantom world.

Wayne F. Burke's poetry has been widely published online and in print (including in Dissident Voice). He is the author of eight published full-length poetry collections -- most recently BLACK SUMMER, 2021, Spartan Press. He lives in Vermont (USA). Read other articles by Wayne F..