HOW THE DINOSAURS DIED by Alicia Jo Rabins

It's no big deal to wake up
and carry a satchel with the death
of the dinosaurs in it
all day.

While elsewhere a person
metamorphosizes into a soldier
the meadow of his mind
torn up day by day

to protect those like me
who dream of dinosaurs
and wake up to write it down
in the too-late morning.

What does the soldier dream?
Did the smoke from my dream reach him too
or did he dream of
prom queens and ribbons.

I am sorry, soldier,
dinosaurs, ocean.
I am not the smoke that kills you.
But I am part of the smoke.


Alicia Jo Rabins is a poet and musician who recently moved from Brooklyn, NY to Portland, OR. She is currently at work on her first book of poems. Alicia tours internationally with her band, Girls in Trouble, and also with her weird solo show about the intersection of finance and spirituality, A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff, which will be performed at Portland State University in May 2014.    www.aliciajo.com.
Photo: Anna Schori