“And Then the Floods Came”
Face masks are required for entry to
most places now. The world is ending
and we’re busy watching scary movies
on your couch, trying to be oblivious to
the worsening situation outside.
The pandemic isn’t getting better. Have you
checked the numbers lately? Have you
checked the news? It’s not good.
It sounds like the apocalypse is
in your backyard, dancing around your
fire pit that’s overgrown with grass.
Looking through the window in your kitchen
above the sink that doesn’t have curtains,
waiting for us to fall asleep so it can
take us and make us pay
for our happiness.
I’m holding onto you
at the end of days,
looking for a way
to keep you near me
even as the sky falls.
“I Want to Give You Flowers”
Every flowers second of every day flowers
I want to flowers give you flowers.
You are flowers beautiful like flowers.
You bloom flowers bright and free like
flowers. I need you flowers
in my life like flowers.
I don’t flowers pretend to know flowers
everything you are flowers on the
inside but I’m flowers trying my best
flowers to let you know flowers that
you are gorgeous flowers and I will
spend flowers the rest of my flowers
days letting you flowers know just
how flowers amazing you are flowers.
Rachel Tanner is a writer from Alabama whose work has recently appeared in Saw Palm, Wine Cellar Press, and elsewhere. She has a monthly video game poetry/prose column in Videodame and her chapbook “Heal My Way Home” (Nightingale & Sparrow Press) is available on Amazon. She tweets @rickit.