Black Friday

Featured here is a collaboration between poet Kathleen Kirk, musician Suzy Erin, and musician Ben Grigg.

Kathleen’s previous Ham Kicker collaborations include “I woke in grief and beauty” and “Heartbreak: Purple, Yellow.” She is the poetry editor at Escape Into Life. Her own work can be read in Blood LotusFloor PlanPoems & Plays, Poetry East, Waccamaw, and other journals. Her chapbooks include Nocturnes (Hyacinth Girl Press) and Interior Sculpture (Dancing Girl Press), and you can follow her blog at Wait! I Have a Blog?!

Ben and Suzy’s previous Ham Kicker contributions include “Antheraea Polyphemus,” “Hell And Higher Water,” “Immortality,” and “The Progress Project.” Together, they comprise the band Deathsnack. Ben is also a member of acclaimed Chicago band Geronimo!, who are in the midst of their final performances.

 

Black Friday
by Kathleen Kirk

Tiny lights twist up the tree trunks,
sparkle in the branches like clichés,

a snap in the air as cold as longing
or a command no one can obey.

Occupy the traffic circle,
watch the honking cars go round,
everybody’s shouting,
everybody’s shopping
but not me, I’m out of town.

Tiny lights in all the windows,
blinking blue, our hearts attack

a snap in the air as cold as longing
but snap and snap, I won’t come back.

Occupy the traffic circle,
look for a postcard or a souvenir,
everybody’s shouting,
everybody’s shopping
but if not, a happy new year…

Tiny lights quiver on the branches
like clichés, since we’re not very deep.

A snap in the air as cold as a lonely
resolution nobody can keep….

 

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2 responses to “Black Friday”

  1. Brilliant. Thank you.

  2. Thanks Suzy and Ben, delightful!

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