Tom Sheehan ~ Log Cutting, Queen Ant Burial

I have brought these trees
almost to a final dimension,
the two-brick span of my flue.

And from the shatter
of one oak wedge
I spilled a home
of carpenter ants
thick as blueberry pie.

Black-guard legionnaires,
in a frenzy of revolutions,
merry-go-rounded
about the queen.
She was the eye
of a small universe,
a little storm;
thick as my thumb,
she trailed out
two gossamer capes
like gauze hackles
of a trout fly.

I shoveled her,
her lovers, her sons,
her terrorist henchmen,
into a green bag.

Underfoot at the town dump
they start out again,
tunneling up through
a plastic vault,
looking for the root
of a home, a simple
cavernous boudoir
for a dark progenitor.

 

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Tom Sheehan has published three poetry books: “Ah, Devon Unbowed”; “The Saugus Book”; and “Reflections from Vinegar Hill.” He is Co-editor of the sold-out 2,000 copy issue of “A Gathering of Memories, Saugus 1900 – 2000,” for which $60,000 was borrowed for printing and paid off four weeks after books were received from the printer.

Tom served in the 31st Infantry, Korea 1951-52, and graduated Boston College in 1956. His books are Epic Cures; Brief Cases, Short Spans; Collection of Friends; From the Quickening; The Saugus Book; Ah, Devon Unbowed; Reflections from Vinegar Hill; This Rare Earth & Other He has published 28 books, which include the western collections The NationsWhere Skies Grow Wide and Cross Trails published by Pocol Press, and Six Guns, Inc., by Nazar Look and three titles issued in 2016, The Cowboys, Swan River Daisy and Jehrico. He has multiple work in following publications: Rosebud, Literally Stories, DM du Jour, Danse Macabre, Linnet’s Wings, Serving House Journal, Eclectica, Copperfield Review, La Joie Magazine, Soundings East, Vermont Literary Review, Literary Orphans, Indiana Voices Journal, Frontier Tales, Western Online Magazine, Provo Canyon Review, Vine Leaves Journal, Nazar Look, Eastlit, Rope & Wire Magazine, The Literary Yard, Green Silk Journal, Fiction on the Web, The Path, Faith-Hope and Fiction, The Cenacle, etc.

He has 30 Pushcart nominations, and five Best of the Net nominations (and one winner) and short story awards from Nazar Look for 2012- 2015, and a Georges Simenon Fiction Award. He was Danse Macabre’s 2016 Writer-in-Residence.

The latest Harry Krisman Mystery Vigilantes East is now available exclusively on Amazon.com. His poetry collection, To Athens from Third Base, is forthcoming in 2017 from Hammer & Anvil Books.

Read more of Tom’s classic American storytelling in
DM 107 ~ Saugus, a, um
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