Poem from Jason de Koff : “Save the Day” from Fevers of the Mind Press Presents the Poets of 2020

Save the Day 

Capturing/encapsulating/infiltrating
the vector of scheduled woe, 
snaking throughout the brain,
penetrating its unprotected curves,
with an audacious capacity,
to circumvent the barriers,
meant to restrict access,
to the painful, scorched portions,
that were addressed before,
but never healed.

Surging/unyielding/resisting,
that deluge of self,
with its willfulness,
and anger at interlopers,
daring to change the script,
turns the lights back on,
flushes the synapses,
with the power to thwart,
push back the unwanted,
securing the shine for the day.

Bio from 2020:
Jason de Koff is an associate professor of agronomy and soil science at Tennessee State University. He lives in Nashville, TN with his wife, Jaclyn, and his two daughters, Tegan and Maizie. He has published in a number of scientific journals, and has over 60 poems published or forthcoming in literary journals this year.   Twitter @JasonPdK3