Michael Robins
Nothing Stays Buried

Birds convey blister
so I marry

                      By droves
the blackbirds plunge

sinking their feathers
dark inside a heart


Ardor strays elsewhere


Rattlesnakes steal away
no luck

                As ever sliding,
wagering a side on love

A recession of balloons





Bright & Garish

Unable to cease
loving blatancy


Whose scar I loved
until a new siren
neared the flames

Stayed anyway, me


Your volunteering
reckless & flesh

gladly marching
into an emergency
Michael Robins is the author of The Next Settlement (UNT, 2007), Ladies & Gentlemen (Saturnalia, 2011), and the chapbook Little Felons (Strange Machine, 2013). He teaches literature and poetry at Columbia College Chicago.