April Poetry Month (Day 16): Ed Werstein #npm16 #wppoets

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Ed Werstein spent 22 years in manufacturing and union activity before his muse awoke and dragged herself out of bed. He is a regional VP of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets (wfop.org). His poetry has appeared in Verse Wisconsin, Blue Collar Review, Stoneboat, Gyroscope Review, SteamTicket, and other publications. His chapbook, Who Are We Then?, was published in 2013 by Partisan Press.





Evening Meal

Come, pump blood into my borscht,
heart-shaped beet,
fang-rooted Romanian blood-bulb,
vampire of vegetables.
I sink my teeth into you.
Warm this cold twilight.

First published in Shepherd Express


Playing Cards at the Donald’s Fascist Casino

In this game the Joker is wild
and diamonds are Trump!
He holds no heart,
uses clubs to beat us,
then hands us a spade,
right before the execution.

First published at New Verse News


The Center, Not Holding                          

                        after re-reading Yeats’ The Second Coming

Here is what has been revealed so far:
That tide of anarchy
stemmed in its infancy
might have been preferable
to this.

The shapes of tanks and missiles
dim the sands of two deserts
with the blood of both the innocent
and the invaders,
sending even more
indignant desert birds
into flights of terror.

Here at home,
blind falconers on Wall Street
cannot control the economy,
which is only one of many things
falling apart.

Those who have convictions,
are full of the passionate
intensity of polarity.

Meanwhile, the hungry falcon
spirals out of control
in search of more prey,
its hooked beak, sharp talons
and beady eyes,
now focused firmly
on the middle class,
the center that is not holding.

Darkness drops
as the rough beast
of deep recession,
having devoured Bethlehem
and other steel towns
decades ago,
slouches on and on.

First published in Blue Collar Review


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