After The Sky Cracked by Stuart L Canton
shards of words fell
through the ringing thunder to smash
windshields of drivers below who swerved
off the road, and some said this was God’s will
as the children cried tears of plastic
that rushed down the black
sewers to oceans; while the dam flooded with
chunks of verbs, greasy
hunks that reached the very brim until
the weight pushed down the spillway and shredded
the cash just under the rock, ripping through
towns and farms hungry for action –
and people on both sides got swept up
and ground by the flow
and somewhere in the storm like a metaphor without translation
I thought I heard the clinging drifting farther
Stuart Canton is 29 years old and spending his last year before thirty in Sacramento where he has just graduated from CSUS, where he won a Bazzanella award for poetry. While lacking the wisdom that comes from being above 30, Stuart has attempted to see beyond his youth and address issues of ecology with his writing, and has explored many methods such as concrete poetry and surrealism. His work has appeared in The American River Review, Calaveras Station Literary Journal, WTF!?, Poetry Now, and other local publications.
The snake opened his eyes up to the sky
and hoped that one day he could be free
His mother appeared and said why so down
who would want to be in the sky, not me.
He grew up big with a wonderful life and home
and often slithered up a hill to meet creatures he hadn’t met
But then his mother appeared and scowled like an angry gnome
and said you’re not old enough yet.
Then one night while looking up to the sky the stars spelled out to him
if you believe then dreams are reality
The snake set out at once to explore the world
and prove to his mother that he had more than enough maturity
The snake from then on followed his dreams and never let anyone tell him to stop for he truly believed the words,
My name is Esti Shapiro and I am eleven years old. I am in the sixth grade at Shalom School and I live with my parents, sister, brother, two dogs, and three chickens. I enjoy playing soccer, piano, and doing gymnastics. My poem is about following your dreams and not letting anybody tell you not to.