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Poetry by Charles K. Carter


Heed the power and the warning of the mother winds.

She has looked upon man and carried the seductive songs of sirens to their ears,

false hope for the longing-to-be-touched, lonely traveler.

She has curated twisters across the Midwest, hurricanes in the tropics,

carrying lucky pennies, Chihuahuas, and lost hope across this earth.

She has blown out their light, leaving them in great darkness,

forcing them to face their fears, their regrets, their inner demons.

Men run for safety not knowing that she has power

to blow them out of existence in mere seconds, snuffing their inner-light.

Heed the power and the warning of the mother winds.

She sees all: she knows our history and won’t let us repeat it again.

Charles K. Carter (@CKCpoetry) is a queer poet and educator from Iowa. He has an MA in creative writing with a poetry concentration from Southern New Hampshire University and is completing an MFA in writing from Lindenwood University. His works have been published or are forthcoming in Anti-Heroin Chic,Dodging the Rain, andThe Mark Literary Review.

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May 26, 2020

Powerful piece!

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