Sculpture: Genius of Electricity, by Evelyn Beatrice Longman
Genius denotes a tragedy for the greater masses that
Even in this day and age cannot be sufficed into
Notions of sanity. Monsters come from the skies and yet
In heavenly golden lightning he came on keys on kites, on
Unending wires on storms, on bulbs and it
Sanctioned itself our savior in the form of electrocution.
Once my mother touched her pool water during a storm.
Fire scorched her veins and she lived.
Elemental in his natural prime, he dangles
Lightning and controls the wires that
Ensnare humanity in traps
Concealed as the darkness-shattering nonsense.
Thinking himself our guardian, muscles
Ripple taut against the strain. Trees grew from Atlas’s beard and
Ice from his shoulders but the man of gold fears nothing
Concrete. How it must feel to be so free.
Isolated from the ancients by modernity, it
Touches every part of the human condition.
Ye spiteful saint, all hail to thee.
Chase Hoffman is a burgeoning young writer originally from a small town in the mountains of Connecticut. His magical realism flash fiction piece Some Choices was published by Badlands Literary Journal. You can usually find him binge-watching television shows while methodically planning out his future.
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