moon veiled by tissue clouds
flirtatious filly, back slapper, money man,
and filters light fickle on our rock,
where winds shift and swirl
facts play siren to our desires,
with grasping minds and appetites.
who wants to shipwreck dreams,
upset tales that salve the soul…
and line the pocket?
the world in change
ablaze in fear and fire
biblical pestilence descends with wrath.
earthquakes and mountains vomit flames
the Nile poised to abandon the pharaohs.
divined and yoked
by lucre and might
render twisted promises.
martial and monetary incendiaries
lay waste worldwide.
tyranny assesses utility,
gloved or mailed fist.
ripples growing, converging
to a towering tsunami.
with each spring the sun embraces Gia
and life renews,
Sojourner Truths rise from the earth
and smash chains of oppression and fear,
neighbors open their hands
to strangers without expectation,
friends lift the night with laughter and song,
Romeos and Juliets emanate love, ecstasy.
the moon lights up the night.
Michael Shen was born in China but has lived in the United States for over 70 years. He retired years ago after working as a psychologist, carpenter, and, for over 30 years, a civil rights lawyer. He began writing poetry 4 years ago. He has had a few poems accepted for publication, at Euphony Journal, Poets Choice, and Anacua Literary Arts Journal.