Fire in your sleeves
when you pick up the sweatshirt —
how are you supposed to wear this?
It’s as if
this entire blazing society
has settled in your clothing.
So hot, so uncomfortable and
dangerous to have your home and clothes
burning from the inside at the same time.
All day long the mass shooting
itches you. The killing is
next to your skin and won’t stop.
When the news announces
the inevitable fatalities
are at a Walmart, you calculate
the distance to one from your home.
Maybe there will be a clearance sale.
God knows you need a new sweatshirt
to replace the one that’s burning you.
Regardless of the source,
you have to wear something.
It’s not your fault this is all
society offers and anyway,
disaster is all the rage these days.
Every one of us walking around
reeking of smoke and singe.
‘Tis the season. ‘Tis the way of our flesh.