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An Isolating Event (a poetic endeavor)

An Isolating Event

            by Joel Howard


sinking blue

skies to mud and Anarchy, a


of downcast souls, where  

lame wishes so pure bay bereft

at doors front back right left;


yet down further fall

the heavens already deep-sunken,

to briny-deep darkness,

            where dreams   

ever rest at nature’s  

insistent pall.


Today heed anew the taunting and

bottomless echo, a promise to re-

emerge, to again bloom ‘neath

parting clouds, leaving

old orders  – so very

rough-spirited and trying  –  to decay,

knowing the sun rises (at nature’s behest)

somewhere beyond

this paralyzing wave’s crest.


The Electric Substation: A Poem

The Electric Substation

by Joel Howard


A noise brightly hums before

sprinting madly beyond the fence of

barbed wire threats,


in and out as colors neon

there solely to

buoy the people’s loudest needs



energy is flipped

in ceaseless arcs

with Yankee Doodle

can do-ism, forever

feeding the masses their steady diet  

of intensely rich pleasures –

sharp of taste and high-spirited –


encasing the cityscape in

sweet muscle and might


this narcotic fed the people.

Langston Hughes: “Harlem”


What happens to a dream deferred?
      Does it dry up
      like a raisin in the sun?
      Or fester like a sore—
      And then run?
      Does it stink like rotten meat?
      Or crust and sugar over—
      like a syrupy sweet?
      Maybe it just sags
      like a heavy load.
      Or does it explode?
Langston Hughes was born in 1901 and died in 1967. His poetry is enduring, echoing widely held experiences and thoughts in ways as simple as they are eloquent.