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Poetry of Mankh
thinK outsidE thE biG-boX storE
By Mankh (Walter E. Harris III), Axis of Logic
Axis of Logic
Tuesday, Jan 17, 2017

think outside the cubicle
think outside the square house
think outside the rectangular flat-screen
think outside the box-shaped car
outside thE biG-boX storE
literally stand outside the store
and think
think more than because you are recycling
a cardboard box that you are saving the rainforest
think more than because you travel with a metal thermos
you are cleaning up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch
and the North Atlantic Garbage Patch
once outside the box
think of a circle, a spiral, the many ways
that tree branches curve and angle the flight
patterns of birds the curve of fingers
as you type or hold a cylindrical glass of
water is life
let sleeping dogs dream
let remorse disappear like snow
on a 50 degree day in January
let bygones be bygones
let gonzo journalism live
let’s not make so many deals
do not open Pandora’s box again
i repeat DO NOT OPEN Pandora’s box again
“leave crude oil in the soil
coal in the hole and tar sands in the land”
ask the grass before you cut it
ask the seed before you plant it
ask the tree if it is ready to stop being a tree
before you make your 2x4s
when i find myself in times of trouble
Mother Earth she comes to me
speaking non-verbal languages
“Let it be”
NOTE: Quotes from “I will not dance to your beat (a poem by Nnimmo Bassey)” and "Let It Be" (The Beatles)

Mankh (Walter E. Harris III) is an essayist and resident poet on Axis of Logic. In addition to his work as a writer, he is a small press publisher and Turtle Islander. His new book of genre-bending poetic-nonfiction is “Musings With The Golden Sparrow.” You can contact him via his literary website.

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