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driving along, i almost missed my love
back home, i sponged her clean
she likes to stare at bare lightbulbs, i keep the blinds pulled
i think there was something
something that would change your life
or something i was supposed to do
but i’ve been searching all day long—
the impetus rolled out of my ear canal
i’ve walked the garden lanes so long
i thought there was a word for not being
A MATCH FLARES AT MIDNIGHT
There’s been a disaster: fire, flood, earthquake, oil spill; fill in the catastrophe of your choice. News reporters are airlifted to the area. They stick microphones in the face of a survivor. He’s unshaven and he can’t keep his hands still. “I just hope, after the relief planes land, the rest of the world doesn’t forget about us.” His damp eyes glimmer in the fill-lamp light.
The world will remember him as well as it remembers the helot burned out of his home by Athenian hoplites, the farmer whose crop was devoured by the Rocky Mountain locusts, the Palestianian whose forearm was deliberately broken by the Israeli border guard. The world will remember him as well as it remembers this poem.
Scott H. Urban is a freelance writer and poet living, appropriately enough, in North Carolina's Cape Fear region. His dark verse appeared in the collections Night's Voice andSkull-Job (Horror's Head Press); his most recent chapbook,Alight, from Shakin' Outta My Heart Press, appeared last summer. In collaboration with Bruce Whealton, Scott's vampire poems appear in the e-book Puncture Wounds(Word Salad Productions). His fiction has appeared in print magazines, horror anthologies, and online zines, including, most recently, Lost Worlds of Space and Time Volume 2, and The Witching Hour. With Martin H. Greenberg, he co-edited the DAW anthology The Conspiracy Files. As editor, he recently compiled Jean Jones' poetry collectionThe Complete Angel of Death (Skull Job Productions) and memoirist Ryan Miller's Circle of the Heart, Voices of Comfort Dreams (Elephant Showcase).