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Meat in the Trees

Meat in the Trees

by Jo Patti

From her second poetry book, "CLASH-Poems From Conflict Zones" with Artwork by Denali Schmidt (published on Amazon.com)


There is no ease
in describing these
bits and pieces of people
blasted high, spreading low

Landing on streets and balconies
children screamed at the meat in the trees
I saw the shattered glass
bent down to have a closer look

Burned flesh like striated bacon
Inspecting so I would not be mistaken
No, I was right
a thumb still attached to an index finger

I did not look up to the branches
It was not my day to take more chances
I had already smelled and seen
enough of macerated human beings
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Submitted by jo_p on May 02, 2021

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Jo Patti

Jo Patti was born in the USA, but has lived and worked on five continents. Jo was selected as a "Poet on Wheels" by the Australian New South Wales Arts Council in 1998, and awarded the honor of being an "Artist for Life" by the Texas Commission on the Arts for her work in the fields of Storytelling, Choreography and Poetry in 1999. She was selected and passed a number of specialized trainings in a number of fields over the years. Jo is an educator, a certified combat analyst and social scientist, a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner, a flautist, a student of martial arts, an avid hiker, swimmer and most importantly, a mother. Jo's non fiction work is published in New Zealand, Australia, the USA, Pakistan, Russia, India and Iraq (in English). Jo also publishes under her legal name of Joanne (Jo) Patti Munisteri. Her first collected poems volume is titled: "Kismet". Look for her new poetry book "CLASH-Poems From Conflict Zones" in May 2021, and her new non-fiction book "Traveling Off the X" published by Defiance Press and Publishing coming out in the Fall of 2021. more…

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