published october 27, 2020
a guide to writing
by Chuck Sebian-Lander
i cannot write about myself anymore.
search inward and discover a husk
of charred oak, murdered by lightning.
my world's all a stage
for a rammstein concert. the building's
already on fire,
but I stare dumbstruck at pyrotechnics sprayed
from till lindemann's crotch-hung flamethrower
my throat's a chocolate fountain
gurgling "mom's spaghetti":
meme vomit ouroboros, self-circling drain
and so in silence I write, and write of silence,
and in writing stitch the lips shut,
releasing only focused gurgle,
a dribble of saliva marking a thin path
Chuck Sebian-Lander is a poet from Maryland. His work has been featured in Prometheus Dreaming, GRAVITAS, and Castabout Literature. The mammoth, ancient tree in his backyard has been struck by lightning twice, yet remains standing.