To Dissect Lions, You Need Lightning

Joseph Johnson

No outwelling rally will quell the world’s shit
without witness, without the praying

mantis having felt a twitch of branches.
No dry state is not bonfire

some seasons & some forms in storm
depress the earth with heavy rains.


No bench prevents two humans, stable
from distance, from bursting

in a leaf-strewn park. Bicycles
from riding by. Blue heron changes its mind,

walks back up the shallow stream, pecking
the drowning song in its heart.