It is a cold winter and men
are bringing bombs on planes again
to demonstrate that explosions
are not seasonal.
I don’t know to what events women
bring bombs, although I’ve read
in the Times that they do
and in all kinds of weather.
Maybe the sacrifice of life consumed
by concussions and fires are meant to change
drought into rain. I’ve read about that too,
what men do to ask the gods for favors:
Virgins thrown into volcanoes,
men thrown off temples,
sliced necks and bloody grass skirts --
death as a tool to incite change.
It is unfortunate we keep forgetting,
the seasons change naturally, bombs
and gods do not control the weather. It seems
we are stuck in the four season cycle of violence.