dahlias budding in arid Culiacan
gold and silver shine in your sun
mines giving death to fledglings
evil rapes the earth, stealing her bounty
pacific wind blows humanity backward
as do closed eyes of stiff cartel
coke bleeds noses pink and scarlet
death calls naïve lovers in silk sheets
as a sex slave dies from a beating
spinning clouds gaze as poppies grow
noses bleeding cascading white
powder aging users with her lies
Mayan pyramids hide countless secrets
bestowing homage to her children dead
Joni’s blog is Rum and Robots, where she has published poetry, photography, and short stories. Take a look at Joni’s work in Spillwords Press NYC, Vita Brevis Press, The Finest Example, The Tiny Seed Literary Journal, I Write Her – The Short of it, and MasticadoresUSA. Joni’s work was included in the following anthologies: The Sound of Brilliance (The Short of It Publishing, Volume 1 2020), Inner Eye (Poets Choice, 2021), and It’s Not Easy (Poets Choice 2021). Her blog is an effort to give back – she is a surviving Adult Child of Alcoholics. Joni is a retired nurse and paralegal.
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