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Love in Panic Time

By Nicholas Rombes.


I burned everything, even
The art, so called. Don’t panic.

You should have seen the oil
Stain the sky and then rain down
In greasy drops.

The book on the shelf in the cabin is nothing
But dumb lists of ferns and forbes
And dreadful dead, black-eyed flowers

Your mom pulled as weeds. It was her
Paintings we kerosened in the ravine and laughed
That the one that wouldn’t catch

Was the ugliest. So we hung it in the cabin
Remember? The white starched sheets
That seemed so creased and formal in our bunks.
Who prepared those beds for us, some god?

I listened hard for messages and even put
My ear against the canvas, against the tender
Membrane of its beating heart.




Nicholas Rombes

Nicholas Rombes is author of the novel The Absolution of Roberto Acestes Laing (Two Dollar Radio) and the 33 1/3 book Ramones (Bloomsbury), as well as the director of the feature film The RemovalsHis work has appeared in The BelieverThe Los Angeles Review of Books, and Filmmaker Magazine. He is a professor of English at the University of Detroit Mercy, at the corner of Six Mile and Livernois, in Detroit, Michigan.

First published in 3:AM Magazine: Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021.