Aubade by Martina Reisz Newberry

I woke today thinking I’d write something
welcoming the arrival of dawn. It
wasn’t to be. Something portentous hung
in the air, lay on the the bedspread. It seemed
difficult to discern scent from secret.
A grubby, unhappy mendacity
floated through the room, riding backscatter
the way backscatter rides long rays of light.
              We are not winning the wars,
              said the light.
              We present Death with
              countless bodies.
              Never are we paid back for them.
              No wars are ever won,
              they are only continued
              from one square mile
              to the next.
The thought came to me then that these decades
of barbarism have warped the world, that
we damage the very beds we sleep in,
the chairs we sit on, the earth we stomp on
(call it “walking” if you like). Killing and
more of it appears daily on our door
steps & in the countries of those we claim
are brothers/sisters/comrades/friends. I woke
today with unclear cries chafing my ears.
It took no time at all, less than a faint
whisker flick from the cat, to know they were
the cries of the souls we continue to
waylay in the name of almighty love.

Martina Reisz Newberry
​Newberry’s books are NEVER COMPLETELY AWAKE (Deerbrook Editions), TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME (due out in late 2017 from Unsolicited Press), WHERE IT GOES (Deerbrook Editions), LEARNING BY ROTE (Deerbrook Editions), RUNNING LIKE A WOMAN WITH HER HAIR ON FIRE (Red Hen Press), LIMA BEANS AND CITY CHICKEN: MEMORIES OF THE OPEN HEARTH (E.P. Dutton &Co) Her work has been anthologized and widely published in the U.S. and abroad. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Brian Newberry, a Media Creative.

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