a riot of weeds

where ancient forests stood
before ephemeral man stripped nude the Earth
and forced Her to his hand

shudders from awaking his unwilling bride
make cracks, shatters
opening his asphalt

more vital than this stillness
carpeting Her land
Life repays the debt incurred by wastrel man

whose brick memory buckles and breaks
lost in a riot of weeds
born in Her warm Spring rains

notes from the nuclear age