Tim McCoy

BARKER

as of hemlock i had drunk
as of hemlock
as of hemlock
i
had drunk
as of
as of

what might have been
necessary
white flower i might have ignored
romantic plain i might not have trod in blistering sun to pant and choke
white that might have remained extinguished
in an interior white
winter
white flower i might not have mortored and pestled
and drunk

i can’t blame the witches
in me
i seated beauty on my knees and found
emojis and fell through ground
to my own holy
brand I can now promote
like/dislike
and so to conquer
poison with poison
don’t i love you silicon valley
don’t i love you
right now
america

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