OXIDANT | ENGINE : Issue 11

John Liles

BLESS

A planet to mend, you lend

honey bees     

                         :         

                                    kindred ignitions

 

            into the blue

                        unforgiving

 

 

to persist scintillas, to spark open wax

                                    and induce

            the workhorse’s engines

 

 

 

hailing baby-faced       and yellow-bellied

 

bombardments

who masticate blossoms,

           

            gristle and grasp

 

                                                and this is how we survive this

 

 

 

oh unending animals, you go

                                               

where the light goes

John Liles is a poet, science writer, and living chordate.  His chapbook, Following the dog down, was the recipient of the 2015 Omnidawn Chapbook Prize.  His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Journal, Rust+Moth, Arcadia, inter/rupture, decomP, among others, and has been used as course material for science writing workshops. He is a graduate of the MFA program at NYU.