Thirsting for Gods in the Eye of Nature

Two poems
by Peter Magliocco
The Alien Menu
Out of the clearing, out of the bulrush
There’s something coming like havoc
To stamp its face on the faceless
Everyday losers in suburbs bland.
Taking its cue from a lousy biopic
“Chronicle of a Hungering Man,”
He’ll return to life in order
To save food chains from salmonella
(Or just plain gross consumption).
The monster’s in us all, dear consumer,
Just our metaphysical double
In unrecognizable drag disguise;
He kisses the underwear of saints
Waiting patiently in supermarkets
To redeem coupons before the famine
& collect corrupt fat from gluttons.
It’s written in the wind like a message
Left long ago by ancient aliens
Returning to feed starving minds
A diet of lies for ambrosia’s moonshine.
Faith or Beauty
Thirsting for gods in the eye
of nature, something
always goes wrong
to throw me off course;
the all-seeing eye
is invisible
& beyond visualization,
like something truly divine.
Yearning for time in a watch
hammered into disrepair
reminds me that Man
sometimes breaks
what really isn’t fixable:
beauty inherent in life
perhaps, or simple goodness
in a human being un-
sullied by inhuman events.
To paraphrase Hemingway,
there is still strength
at the broken places,
but there blind faith
is crushed by the eye
of a greater hurricane.
Peter Magliocco writes from Las Vegas, Nevada, where he’s been active for several years as both small press editor and poetry scribe. His latest poetry book is Poetry for the Downtrodden Millennium, from The Medulla Review Publishing. With numerous chapbooks and a few Pushcart nominations to his credit, he also publishes the indie literary arts ‘zine, ART:MAG, and has recent poetry in places like THE BEATNIK COWBOY, PYROKINECTION, THE NEGLECTED RATIO, IN BETWEEN HANGOVERS, and elsewhere …

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Scott Thomas Outlar hosts the site where links to his published poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, reviews, and books can be found. He is a Best of the Net and three-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Scott's poetry books include: Songs of a Dissident (Transcendent Zero Press, 2015), Chaos Songs (Weasel Press, 2016), Happy Hour Hallelujah (CTU Publishing, 2016), and Poison in Paradise (Alien Buddha Press, 2017). Scott serves as an editor for The Peregrine Muse, Happy Hour Hallelujah, and Novelmasters.

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