Today's poem is by Cathy Park Hong

Protean Woods

In the pollen furred woods, the air floats with fair fauna,
white squidlettes with poppy seed eyes,

centipedal thorns, satin puff-bellied flowers,
ready to suck in any powdery
swarm of nits,

a brook choked with so much citrus algae,
it glugs like lava, which is sipped
by a long-nosed creature

who uses its glass-twinging antlers to break
away a raft of branches,

to reveal a colony, men as big as the O
on this page,

muscular and ranting, then sleeping,
then swallowed.

Copyright © 2007 Cathy Park Hong All rights reserved
from Jubilat
Reprinted by Verse Daily® with permission

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