ART IN THE TIME OF SAVAGES
Along the border all drawings have
been taken down not one left
to point a direction for our feet.
We might know the way if we had
wings to spread above the shining
twist of water.
The place of no location has flung
us away from Frida’s baby.
Don’t come here
lullabies are spiders in the bed.
They plan to rub us out
before we can make frantic art
in a jackal world.
Our scraping must matter
it reverberates like
a green poppy sending smoke.
MaryAnn L. Miller’s most recent book of poems is Cures for Hysteria (Finishing Line Press 2018.) She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her work has been published in Stillwater Review, Wordgathering, Kaleidoscope, International Review of African American Art, and others. Her birth name is Grippo and she thinks the names in her family are music: Annunziata, Mafalda, Egidio, Pasquale, Maria Grazia, Epiphaneta, Angelina, Dolorata, Columbina. You can contact her at Lucia Press.