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R.J. Bevans

The Best Flamingos

the best flamingos
that best flap broken flap
these inside and doze outside
eaten near the lake by monkeys
smothered far the mall paparazzi
warm prance fills
and through the crook
that pink shrimp dip
of the bill
flamingos still
through their stance
aching prophecies
unto tech-pink stares
kids that can't care
pressed to glass
and carotene shrink
that the hit of the beak
makes feathers fill
with her color soft sting
bleed out greedy eyes

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All Cove

The patient fog sounds and slowly surrounds
The cabins and lands by All Cove.
It travels with alarm-fresh smells
Of unravelled greens through courteous beams of moonlight.
Some Country cattle say, “stay” others glumly, “move.”

Wild, hunkered hounds on the long, rolling ground
Sleep with the lost, grey golf balls,
Dream ‘neath the paperless poplars,
Twitching paws in June’s infectious infancy.
Clumsy bats flip overhead, biting often on the tasteless few.

Should-be-slumbering children giggle and sweat,
The 3-2-a bed, beset by sand and burr.
Drowned in campfires, high on black scab drippings of sugar;
Marshmallowed. Warned by the Aunts, Told by the Uncles.
The sap-footed cousins are beat yet jubilant by All Cove.

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