Heath Brougher (Western Voices 2020)

Exclusive: Western Voices, 2020: Edited by Scott Thomas Outlar
Bio: Heath Brougher is the Editor-in-Chief of Concrete Mist Press as well as poetry editor for Into the Void, winner of the 2017 and 2018 Saboteur Awards for Best Magazine. He is the winner of Taj Mahal Review'2018 Poet of the Year Award as well as a multiple nominee for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net Award. He has published nine collections of poetry, the most recent of which is Bleeding Backwards (Diaphanous Press, 2019).

To Ripen 

Human sensory organs
stretched out
on the furniture
atop pacifist
planks of porch
on a newly born
Spring’s gloaming
among the tulip hats
preciously purple.

A rising custard pie.

Endorphin enclaves slowly
bringing on that taste so ripe
to those already basking in the uplifting
seasonal fragrance and fragments
still far from fully-blown.
At least that’s what the Robin Red Breast
and tiny fluorescent leaflets had to say
about the beginning of the next beginning.

Filthy Creatures 

I would harm a fly
but only by accident.
There is enough apathy
within these mired and trumped walls 
to wipe out a nation of magnanimous spirits.
Stepping among the filthy, cracked
sidewalk as golden bricks
are shoveled into a white house.

The fly in the ointment keeps blaming
the other fly in the ointment. 

I, the pacifist, finally decide
to lay down in the middle of this land
and die from the unrestricted greed
and noxious air which has enveloped
the entirety of this Human Experience.

Moronic Mirrorism

The moronic mistakes 
of mirrors have led
people into a realm of abstract contortions
of their perception of reality 
that are infected distortions,
in fact, the exact opposite 
of the Truth since mirrors 
are the epitome of liars.
They show the exact opposite of you.
They show you in reverse. 
With these omnipresent 
piles of stones replacing brains,
the wind and clouds
remember the sound of tulips blooming.

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