Recorded for Poem-a-Day, November 6, 2018.
About this Poem 

“This poem is a queer ecology influenced by W.B. Yeats’ fascination with moths and Emily Dickinson’s pencil-stained leaves. If poets writing in the Anthropocene intend to survive, we must not ignore our remaining plants and root systems. We must accept them as our equals.”
—Paul Cunningham

Feast Green and Stained

I am wasted on thought-so’s and photo-ops

 
so-so’s and S-O-S cries and the lit flare

 
I burn I intuit I follow your light

 

look at the way you go into the tall grass
 
into it                         you light

 
               you moth

 
look at your shirtless body behind the tall grass

 
look at me on my knees

 
a poem is a lot like a grass stain

 
I want to do what a grass stain does

Copyright © 2018 by Paul Cunningham. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on November 6, 2018, by the Academy of American Poets.

Copyright © 2018 by Paul Cunningham. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on November 6, 2018, by the Academy of American Poets.

Paul Cunningham

Paul Cunningham

Paul Cunningham is the founding editor of Radioactive Moat Press and Deluge.