Photography © Edward S. Gault


“Outside the leaves were falling
                                   and they cried
                                                          Too soon! too soon!”
-Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Later this evening

Or no later then when all
The unknown creatures
Of this world appear
To save their planet Earth

To save is a solemn act
Of pure and boundless
And sanity

Two-headed lambs are good
But those heretofore
Unknown four-legged narwhals
Crossed with yogurt bacterium

The planet of course
Won’t say
From ice bridge to
Enormous meadow

It’s not about
Your spirit’s soul
The counterweight
Is always the thing

Voiceless now as levers
And Archimedes fresh hewn wood
To the pages
Drink beer

Imbibe kombucha
Wine and other
Fermented things

Then find a park
A roof
A hill
Write it down before they’re gone

The avenues
The boulevards
The Marianas Trench
Of your lost mind

And I will feed
The squirrels split
Pea soup
And tuck the pigeons in

As they teach us
How to break the news
To all the other people
This was our chance at paradise

-for LF


Paul Koniecki lives and writes in Dallas, Texas. He was once chosen for the John Ashbery Home School Residency. His poems feature in Richard Bailey’s movie “One of the Rough” distributed by AVIFF Cannes. His books are available from Kleft Jaw Press, NightBallet Press, Dark Particle Press, and Spartan Press.

Edward S. Gault is a poet and fine art photographer. He lives at Mosaic Commons, a co-housing community in Berlin, Ma. He has a wife Karen, and daughter.