volcano etiquette by John Dorsey

volcano etiquette

make a muscle
to prove a point.

sing as loud as you like
in your native tongue,
really, it’s fine.

nobody ever said
dr. doom
was a villanelle.

if a tree falls in the woods
help it up.

academia is its own
status mountain.

dance with your shadow.

leave bread crumbs for the sun.

given enough time
we all learn
how to disappear.

                – John Dorsey

John Dorsey currently resides in Toledo, Ohio. He is the author of several collections of poetry, including Teaching the Dead to Sing: The Outlaw’s Prayer (Rose of Sharon Press, 2006), and Sodomy is a City in New Jersey (American Mettle Books, 2010). His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.