Clemency Denied by Michael N. Thompson

A fresh snowfall
shines a dim light
onto unforgiving country

Falsities of manufactured lives
is a disease best washed clean
with Northwestern rain

Folly is written
as plain as day
on the blank faces
of silkworms in cocoons

They tend to turn to religion
when it all goes gray

The attraction of the simple life
plays better in books

Inertia rarely offers clemency
and emancipation often resides
on the other side of convention

This is what Vonnegut meant
by “bugs trapped in amber”

Michael N. Thompson likes bacon, fantasy football and Doctor Who. His poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals including Word Riot, Toronto Quarterly and San Pedro River Review. He is the author of four poetry collections. His fifth, Days Of Swine And Roses, will be released through University Of Hell Press in 2017. Michael is currently at work on a crime fiction novel.



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