Dustin Pickering (Climate Change, Eco-activism, Whisperings of Social Justice)

Dustin Pickering

Dustin Pickering is founder of Transcendent Zero Press. He has contributed writing to Huffington Post, Café Dissensus Everyday, The Statesman (India), Journal of Liberty and International Affairs, The Colorado Review, World Literature Today, and several other publications. He placed in the top 100 out of 12,500 entries for the erbacce prize in 2021, and was a finalist in Adelaide Literary Journal’s first short fiction contest. He was longlisted for the Rahim Karim World Prize in 2022 and given the honor of Knight of World Peace by the World Peace Institute that same year. He hosts the popular interview series World Inkers Network on YouTube.

 

 

Paper-Dream

 

I pull the tree from its roots:

Paper-dream, poet.

My role in this process is synched.

Lips to the stone.

I kiss the place where I die.

 

Fruits were fallen.

I am not far from the casting steps

Where laughter of the jackals

Frightens.

I am under the bush,

Scared of my scars.

 

This paper killed a tree.

 


 

 

Birth

 

Blank eyes offer hope—

The child,

A new chance to build worlds.

Do not deny her the hope

She feels in her heart.

Industry profits, competitive urges

Satisfied by ruthless comparisons.

 

Plant your palms on the sea.

Leave the moon to its perch in the night.

Fallen fruit, weave the heaviest tree,

A seedling is sapped of sparrows.

We need more children.


 

 

Aesthetic

 

Art plans the night

Like a horoscope.

 

I am the gifted creator

Of stars and simplicity,

 

These words will not save

Your souls. A comet is flung from

 

The dinosaur’s eyes. And from human

Skeletons cling the keys.

 

Brave ones, keep your eyes

On the wistful passages between bones.

 

Shining wind tunnels the image

Into granted light,

 

An archetype of beauty

And sage stateliness.

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