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Thomas Piekarski is a former editor of the California State Poetry Quarterly. His poetry has appeared in numerous publications, including Taj Mahal Review, Poetry Quarterly, Literature Today, Poetry Salzburg, South African Literary Journal, The Frogmore Papers, and many more. His books of poetry are Ballad of Billy the Kid, Monterey Bay Adventures, and Mercurial World.


Trigger Warning

Those antique gods
Are all gone now.
We have no more
Immortals to worship.
What is to come
Chiefly depends
On her indomitable will
And sustained swagger.

She advances swinging
An incorrigible sword
Dismembering lords
Whose souls will burn

And adroitly banishes
Those woebegone days
When ash-gray skies
Infiltrate our minds.

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