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By W. S. Di Piero

Use me

Abuse me

          Turn wheels of fire

          on manhole hotheads


Sing me

Sour me

          Secrete dark matter’s sheen

          on our smarting skin


Rise and shine

In puddle shallows

          under every Meryl Cheryl Caleb Syd

          somnambulists and sleepyheads


Wake us

Speak to us

          Bless what you’ve nurtured in your pits

          the rats voles roaches and all outlivers

          of your obscene ethic and politics


Crawl on us

Fall on us

          you elevations that break and vein

          down to sulfuric fiber-optic wrecks

            through drill-bit dirt to bedrock


Beat our brows

Flee our sorrows


          Sleep tight with your ultraviolets

          righteous mica and drainage seeps


                               your gorgeous color-chart container ships

                               and cab-top numbers squinting in the mist


Source: Poetry (June 2009)

  • Social Commentaries

Poet Bio

W. S. Di Piero
W. S. Di Piero was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and received his bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph’s College and his master’s degree from San Francisco State College. He has also had a long teaching career at such universities as Louisiana State University, Northwestern University, and Stanford University, where he still teaches. Di Piero was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001. He often writes about growing up in his neighborhood of South Philadelphia, and the Italian-American working class families who largely populated the area.

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