Photography © Lauren Shear

omelet revision

at the philosopher hospital
the forecast says: clouds for all of us!
where the colors have breakfast
the omelet spy serves
all-American ghosts
why the butter exclusion?
and should I obsess
about eggs?
under water
awakened by earthquakes
we watch tumbling chips
of colored glass in kaleidoscopes
revolution problem
while god is looking
for a parking space
a sparrow brawl, a faddish evolve
a matter of life
and death
an act of revision
a process
too slow

Nicolas Gattig has recently returned to the San Francisco Bay Area. He has published short stories and poetry in various magazines, including Asia Literary Review and Foreign Literary Journal. He is a contributing writer at the Japan Times and plans to publish a short story collection this year. His poem here was written in response to the killing of George Floyd.

Lauren Shear is a museum professional, public historian, and lifelong resident of Massachusetts. She has been working with activist groups since college and has been seeking ways to support communities under attack ever since. The photo above was taken from a recent vigil held in Boston’s Copley Square for Ruth Bader Ginsburg.