Humanity billowing---forward like electric steam.
Swirling---fears scalding the sky,
screaming away into Heaven;
light scarred the twilight---water,
like scratches in vinyl.
Forward---into the wind---into the night.
Sounds of the stern wheels---passing by,
relics of a simpler time;
coal barges shift to a life declined.
The trees rain ash---upon the streets,
orange smears of bygone era---gone;
rust bleeds---into bells of a forgotten ramble.
Autumn smoke---fills the emptiness.
Completing memories---illustrious illusions,
mighty strikes against her breathless shame;
naked---slipping into unconsciousness.
These words will lie,
reconfigured into a meaningless phrase;
lucid dreams awake during the day.
Derogated stutter---a mouth misinterpretation of,
unconditional---restriction to faith in code;
land line Churches---reaching for neglectful youth.
Butcher block---meat tossed to the dogs.
Scything our Elysium fields,
dregs of cheap whiskey---all that remains.