burning world

look around, don’t you see?


the world is vanishing,

a rabbit swallowed

by a top hat, a fish’s lip


upon a hook, trees sliding

down, entire forests in a single swoop,

we’re living under the shadow

of a carbon cloud, and as buddha said


the world is burning. the teeth

of the world are burning. hair follicles

burning, slender fingers fading


into smoke. the flesh is not a hinge

opening to deeper consciousness,

but a dark coat glimpsed on a starless

night that turns to walk away,.


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