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Coal Covers My Soul


05.31.20 Posted in today's words by

Dawnell Harrison’s most recent poem to appear here was “Silent” (April 2020).

Coal Covers My Soul
By Dawnell Harrison
An albatross of coal covers my soul—
It will go black by noon.
The demigods and the moon have
Deserted me like an abandoned puppy
In the 110 degree heat
Of the Arizona desert.
They want to send shocks into my head
Banishing all my imperfect thoughts
And behavior.
I fear for their optimism—
I have shut closed like a clam.
The darkness envelopes me
Like a cloak—
A black wool blanket covers
Me completely now. Take notes.


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