If W.S. Merwin had twenty minutes
until bombs began to fall
onto his Maui home,
would he travel into the rainforest,
seek one imperfect orchid,
hold his ancient hands together,
cradle the fragrance,
cup it up to his nose,
spend his last moments
inhaling poetry without words?
This Is Not A Drill [Poets Reading the News]
After False Hawaii Missile Alert, Fix Emergency Warning System [Arizona Daily Sun]
Sharon Mishler Fox has works published in a variety of journals and anthologies including Abyss and Apex, Tennessee Voices, and American Diversity Report. She is an advertising account manager in Knoxville, TN, and president of Poetry Society of Tennessee Knoxville.
Photo by Cam Miller.