The Ferguson Apocalypse

          Missouri, U.S.A. 2014

From shimmering oil
of ebony still

will come flailing of limbs
will come hacking

quick slashing
of hands now untied

tattooing no pattern
not even a maze

depriving gray walls
of their stone

will come spittle
wild churning rivers

agush from slack jaws
of blanching gray hounds

till one day at dawn
will come quiet


Photography © Hannah Brown

Photography © Hannah Brown


Nominated for Best of the Net and Pushcart prizes, Donal Mahoney has had poetry and fiction published in various publications in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

Hannah Brown is a Boston area-based poet and spoken word artist who recently spent time in Ferguson, Missouri in hopes of being there for the grand jury decision on the Michael Brown shooting.