Roxanna Bennett

The Earth Upturned

The vermillion millions, hungry,
tired, petrified, maroon shadows
the sides of trenches, bloody glory
of fresh-cut upturned furrows,

petrified billows in wild red curves,
brick drought dust caught under
hottest moons, the dark endless acres,
scarlet savage suns a crimson welter,

maroon shadows, the bloody endless,
endless shadows, the hungry millions,
the earth upturned, petrified.
Hot press in the dry trenches, hungry vermillion

furrows, the moist earth upturned in fire.
Tired of the endless war. Dead. Tired.

Source:
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Originally written and since revised for the Pulitzer Remix Project.

Roxanna Bennett is the author of ‘The Uncertainty Principle: Poems’ Fall 2014 Tightrope Books. Her poetry has appeared in The Fiddlehead, The Antigonish Review, The Malahat Review, Existere, Descant, The Toronto Quarterly, The Dalhousie Review, Caper Literary Journal, vallum: new international poetics, Slice Magazine, Popshot, CV2, and others, and in several anthologies. Her nonfiction work can be found at Feminists for Choice, Gender Focus, VenusZine, Hip Mama and Boxx Magazine.

 

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