Primal Instinct — Thomas Piekarski

Brazenly preternatural
                     and antithetical
canonical light
                  integrates with
clashing gasses
               way beyond
digitized heaven
                     meanwhile our
spiteful oligarchs
                   perpetuate pain
like rainforests
                  pitifully aflame
also regrettable
                  radiation plumes
arctic icebergs
                  perhaps tainted
now imagine
                   orangutan embers
airborne while
                   in succession
lightning spears
                  perpetually pierce
dead center
                  into indivisible
minds’ eyes


Thomas Piekarski is a former editor of the California State Poetry Quarterly. His poetry has appeared in numerous publications in the U.S. and abroad, including Taj Mahal Review, Poetry Quarterly, Pennsylvania Literary Journal, Poetry Salzburg, and South African Literary Journal. He has published three books of poetry, Ballad of Billy the Kid, Monterey Bay Adventures, and Mercurial World.