By Mark J. Mitchell
I’m guided by the beauty of our weapons.
—”First We Take Manhattan”
I’m battered by the blindness of our weapons.
Boys stare at screens and tickle switches.
Death drops from the sky
onto archaic altars.
Isaac screams. Ishmael burns.
Rachel weeps for her children.
From the empty office, ritual words:
We sincerely regret collateral damage.
Mark J. Mitchell’s latest novel, The Magic War just appeared from Loose Leaves Publishing. He studied writing at UC Santa Cruz under Raymond Carver and George Hitchcock. His work has appeared in the several anthologies and hundreds of periodicals. Three of his chapbooks—Three Visitors, Lent, 1999 and Artifacts and Relics—and the novel, Knight Prisoner are available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble. He lives with his wife, the activist Joan Juster, and makes a living pointing out pretty things in San Francisco.
Photo credit: Doug Bowman via a Creative Commons license.