To be believed, they say you must be bruised or ruptured, vaporized, turned to particles in the smoke,
how poison ivy causes the skin to blister.
Have they forgotten so quickly? Before laws and judges, there was Motherhood, lionesses fighting on the open plains.
George Cassidy Payne is a poet from Rochester, NY. His work has been included in such publications as the Hazmat Review, Moria Poetry Journal, Chronogram Journal, Ampersand Literary Review, The Angle at St. John Fisher College, and 3:16 Journal. George’s blogs, essays and letters have appeared in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Havana Times, South China Morning Post, The Buffalo News, and more.
See all his poems on Tea House here.