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Larry Schug Jul 18
Mother Earth’s children run wild,
uprooting her garden,
filling her house with smoke,
pouring poison down her well
and torturing her pets.
Though she’s mad as a sandstorm,
Mother’s more sad than angry.
She punishes the children with famine and flood,
but in the end, she sighs like a spent storm.

Time is a prolific father,
but not as kind as I am, Mother scolds.
If you children would stop your mischief now,
I could heal the damage
before the Old Man comes downs the road.
He’ll be fuming like a volcano,
raging like a blizzard
and swinging his scythe, deaf to your cries,
the sand in his hourglass about to be turned.
Larry Schug Jul 18
If you fold up your paper,
turn off your radio and TV,
sit on the steps and sip your tea,
watch the birds and speak no words
as the sun rises yellow and round,
making rainbows on the dewy lawn,
you could fool yourself into thinking
there’s no ****** war going on.
Larry Schug May 1
Coyote prowls the swamp behind my house,
searching for a duck or goose nest
hidden in tall yellow grass,
thinking of eggs for breakfast,
perhaps a downy duckling or gosling,
maybe some baby mice for dessert.
Coyote sniffs around the nests people make, too;
people who seem unaware,
can’t sense coyote’s presence anymore,
so go about their business
as if coyotes are merely the stuff of old stories.
They seem surprised when coyote finds their nests,
say things like “We didn’t have a clue.”
or “It came right out of nowhere.”
or “It happened so fast.”—
poor excuses for inattention, sleep-walking,
made after coyote has ravaged their nests,
scattered sticks and moss and grass,
then laughs about it when the moon is full.


And There Are Coyotes

that prowl the land inside you, too,
seeking to feed on fears
you thought hidden even from yourself
like prairie dogs in their dens.
**** those coyotes, so wily,
digging up burrows,
feeding on carcasses;
they survive all the poisons
you douse your insides with,
the traps you set,
laugh at bounties on their hides.
Larry Schug Apr 26
The animal caged
inside the caged animal
knows by the sound and rhythm of footsteps,
who approaches, their intent, their mood,
hears the sound between steps
the same way a musician
hears music in the space between notes,
the same way a poet writes between the lines,
the same way a lover reads the silence between
I love yous.
Larry Schug Feb 13
The white cells,
seemingly not fearful of  
oozing,
festering,
metastasizing,
fear black cells,
wearing hijabs or dreads.
The white cells
are fearful of the brown cells
that **** and process their chickens
and mow their lawns for them.
The white cells fear the red cells
though they like moccasins, canoes,
and wild rice soup,
fear yellow cells
may be smarter than them
so they label them
***** and Chinks.
The white cells  
don’t seem to mind
asphalt-coating,
starlight-stealing,
convenience store sprawl
devouring healthy green cells--
alfalfa cells,
forest cells,
swampy, boggy cells,
black-eyed susan cells.
The Chamber of Commerce
calls it growth,
progress;
but this town
needs a tourniquet,
maybe chemotherapy.
Larry Schug Dec 2018
I wake early.
You sleep beside me.
The taste of your pink butterfly
lingers on my tongue,
on my lips and mustache,
coats the inside of my mouth.
My nostrils still smell it,
my fingers smell of it.
I write this poem
while your butterfly is cocooned,
its fleshy pink wings folded
around my whispers and moans.
Larry Schug Nov 2018
Dude,
you were born
with a phone in your hand,
thumbs twitching.
I was born with a pencil,
a scrap of paper,
an envelope,
a stamp

and patience

I hope you notice
you're reading this on-line.
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