STATE OF CONCERN
Living in the way out west, stranded in a state of concern,
listen as the heart’s dark stampede wakes the body like
a fist on the door, swinging from a militia man’s arm,
telling you to rise and shine. Here, where the best thing
a mother can do is teach her boys to make moonshine
so they’ll be drunk when they die. Let the dying deer
in the truck’s broken glass pray for a caution light.
Let the patriot’s blood on the antlers of time glow
bright above hearth and home. Let me take an aspirin
at night before bed. Let my heart be unconcerned.
Daniel Edward Moore’s poems have been published in journals such as: The Spoon River Poetry Review, Rattle, Assaracus Review, Columbia Journal Of Arts and Literature and others. His poems are currently at Permafrost Magazine, Compose Literary Journal, Glint Literary Journal, Steel Toe Review, The American Journal Of Poetry, Gravel Magazine, Lullwater Review, Prairie Winds, South Florida Poetry Journal and Common Ground Review.
He has poems forthcoming in Tule Review, New South, Weber Review, Glass Poetry Journal, December Magazine, Clackamas Literary Review, Natural Bridge, and WA 129 The Best Poetry in Washington State Anthology, chosen by WA State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall.
He lives in Washington on Whidbey Island. His recent book, “Confessions Of A Pentecostal Buddhist," can be found on Amazon. His work has also been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Visit Daniel at Danieledwardmoore.com.