by Karl Koweski
Fire ant metropolises. Insect Los Angeles on the west side of my mobile home. New York City to the east. Chicago, Cincinatti, Pittsburgh, across the front and rear.
I declare war on their civilization. Lawn mower devastation. Chemical obliteration. I raze temples and decimate homes, sending the fire ant millions to kingdom come.
Or so I thought.
The next morning, I find my son’s lifeless body in his crib. Flesh riddled with countless pimpled bites. Everything swollen, misshapen. An innocent casualty in a conflict begun to ensure his safety.
In the dawn twilight, the walls move with their multitudes.
Karl Koweski is a 32 year old displaced Chicagoan now living on top of a mountain in Alabama. His poems and stories have been published all over. Karl co-edits www.zygoteinmycoffee.com with Brian Fugett. His latest chapbook, Dimishing Returns, is almost available from www.sunnyoutside.com.