(Why The Zombie Apocalypse Gives Me Heartache) by Thomas Fucaloro

They say hiding is the hardest part
but it’s hard hiding from what you don’t

for you see

we have humanized the water supply.
That’s how it started. Nature grasping
at every straw it could to get its oceans back
and stream pool thee through stomach
lining walls creating the sickness
and these floods will not drown us
just mutate us into something unholy

for you see

the day the power plant blew up
it was like any other day
except for the huge chemical fire
turning people into mutant-zombies
but not like comic book mutants
or Garbage Pail Kid mutants I mean
and they just started feeding on anyone they could
peeling flesh like fine petals off of soft roses
and the volcanic rumble beneath our feet quaked
but as long as rotting flesh fertilizes soul
and the adumbration of flowers exudes
and the rivers and oceans become baptisms
we are all anointed in like shattered rock
the earth will make another tomorrow
today the bridges will crumble
water will only be useful to the land
and then the flowers will drape over the hillside
and no one will be here to dance
in all these fields of loneliness
except for me.

I stand here alone.

Why can’t I find that special someone
who will rip open my chest, and gnaw
on my heart and become one?

Thomas Fucaloro
Thomas Fucaloro is an NYC poet. He has 2 books out by three rooms press, his latest one, “It Starts from the Belly and Blooms” has received rave reviews. He has graduated with an MFA at the New School for Creative Writing. He has been on 3 national slam teams and was the Inspired Word’s 2012 Grand Slam Champion. He is a co-founding editor of Great Weather for Media and NYSAI press. He is a writing coordinator at the Harlem Children’s Zone. He just recently won a performance grant from the Staten Island Council of the Arts and the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs. His new chapbook “Mistakes Disguised as Stars” by tired hearts press was released in March and his next chapbook “Depression Cupcakes” will be released in June through “Yes, Poetry.”



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