From Cock Roaches to Radishes

About the hum I hear,
          in the back of my head,
                               rattling my molars.
You hear it too, right?

It’s reminiscent of a bee hive hum,
                               their last swarm as fields for foraging fade.
Forsaken,      they fail to fly,            die.

A hum hinting,      no,      threatening destruction.
                           The centrifugal force of the earth losing grip,
as my facts of my life fly apart

                               So I plant rapidly maturing radishes,
envious of hard-crusted cock roaches
the only creatures likely to survive.

          Hoping for a future that is
                                         longer than radishes,
shorter than cock roaches.


Artwork © Ira Joel Haber

Artwork © Ira Joel Haber


Although previously published in Scaling the Face of Reason: An Anthology of Canadian Poetry, an eventful family life and successful career did not leave enough space for poetry. After germinating in the rich soil of motherhood and work as a nurse, Kimberly Peterson now returns to poetry full time. A number of her poems have been published or scheduled for publication in Poetry Breakfast, 3Elements Review and Banister.

Ira Joel Haber was born and lives in Brooklyn. He is a sculptor, painter, writer, book dealer,photographer and teacher. His work has been seen in numerous group shows bothin the USA and Europe and he has had 9 one man shows including several retrospectives of his sculpture. His work is in the collections of The Whitney Museum Of American Art, New York University, The Guggenheim Museum, The Hirshhorn Museum,The Albright-Knox Art Gallery & The Allen Memorial Art Museum. Since 2006 His paintings, drawings, photographs and collages have been published in over 230 on line and print magazines. He has received three National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, two Pollock-Krasner grants, the Adolph Gottlieb Foundation grant and, in 2010, he received a grant from Artists’ Fellowship Inc. He currently teaches art to retired public school teachers at The United Federation of Teachers program in Brooklyn.