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We do not

need to know

why what happened

happened, just how.

Stray voltage jumped ship,

drawn deep by cocoa furnibbles.

Oases too, birthing

maltacious podded sweetberries.

Bright touches shaded

Colonial Park grove,

hills boiled short

through the red gate

Over Whitebridge, top down

Blue Mill. The gap betwixt those

sacrificial anodes is but one

plasmic path between us.


Michael Mandzik is a New Jersey poet, born, raised and now grandparenting in western Essex County. His work has appeared in The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow, The Journal of NJ Poets, Vox Poetica, the Stillwater Review, and several other journal publications that are now defunct. He contributed to the West Caldwell Public Library’s Peaceful Poetry Reading Series and performed in the Library’s War of the Worlds radio broadcast revival and Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. He is currently working on a poetry chapbook.

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