Educating the War

Moon smeared in a dusty sky,
cadaver dogs hunt the hillsides.
Through a heat holiday–
death anniversaries random
as a news chyron,
I teach a chapter from
the new border anarchist;
I talk summer to my wife.
She clips stories of
the coming desolation,
plans our packing and
the exile airplane tickets.
Raising future arguments,
I work from my desk, lesson folder
filled with messages of compromise,
of historical cowardice and complicity.
Like punctuation in conversation,
a Medevac clears the treeline.
War rolls like a ghost car siren.

R.T. Castleberry, a Pushcart Prize nominee, has work in Vita Brevis, San Pedro River Review, Trajectory, Silk Road, StepAway and Dissident Voice. Internationally, he's had poetry published in Canada, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, France, New Zealand, Portugal, the Philippines, India and Antarctica. His poetry has appeared in the anthologies: You Can Hear the Ocean: An Anthology of Classic and Current Poetry, TimeSlice, The Weight of Addition, and Level Land: Poetry For and About the I35 Corridor. Read other articles by R.T..