Dietrich Strause - Blood Moon

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Blood Moon

A preacher by the Rio Grande
claims the end is near.
The fourth eclipse is coming on
in as many years.

The a billboard by the highway:
says “Get your affairs in order.
Wednesday night we’ll all be going
across that final border.”

Every rest stop & bodega
beneath the Mason Dixon line
is buying into all the hype
& selling out of wine.

But up here in New England
nobody seems to mind—
we’re more afraid of February
than afraid we are of dying.

The paper called it a blood moon
but never mentioned whose
blood the sky was letting.
I’d gladly volunteer
if you asked me to, my dear,
but the night’s already red & I’m forgetting
about the lengths I’d go for you,
about the lakes I’ve filled for you
weeping in my hands over you.

Lend an ear to falsehoods
& deceptions turn to truth.
The wise, they lack conviction.
The fools shout from the roof.

But we fill our mouths with honey,
we fill our ears with tunes,
& if the world truly is ending
I better kiss you soon.


from Modern Ballads, released January 29, 2018


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GennaRose Nethercott Somerville, Massachusetts

GennaRose Nethercott is the author of THE LUMBERJACK'S DOVE (Ecco/HarperCollins, forthcoming 2018), selected by Louise Glück as a winner of the National Poetry Series. Her other recent projects include A GHOST OF WATER (an ekphrastic collaboration with printmaker Susan Osgood) and the narrative song collection MODERN BALLADS. ... more

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