Addressing the Impaired
Delusions on the home front:
the boob tube adjusting sound
levels, this canned laughter
we’re schooled in while, about
town, riots flair.
Yet the electric
hearth stays us, places back alacrity’s
presumption: these neat potted palms,
Cyclamen knitted across bricks,
the functionless poker leaning
in the network of such holy herbage….
Here is a country cottage, a garden estate,
enclosed in itself as the globe
by your fish tank is now
a reflection superimposed over
our two stalwart figures, one
wheelchair-bound seeing everything
as is, & the other, a relic:
(torched BMW, white bystander outline
on a surface after the bombing),
still refusing to witness, grasp, believe
this has become our reality.
Stephen Mead, a resident of NY is a published artist, writer, maker of short-collage films and sound-collage downloads. His latest P.O.D. amazon release is an art-text hybrid, “According to the Order of Nature (We too are Cosmos Made)”, a work which takes to task the words which have been used against LGBT folks from time immemorial. In 2014 he began a webpage to gather links of his poetry being published in such zines as Great Works, Unlikely Stories, Quill & Parchment, etc., in one place: Poetry on the Line, Stephen Mead.