Michael A. Griffith

Michael A. Griffith began writing g poetry after a disability-causing accident. His chapbooks Bloodline (The Blue Nib Imprint) and Exposed (Soma Publishing and Hidden Constellation Press) were released in fall 2018. Mike was nominated for the Pushcart Prize for poetry in October 2018. He lives near Princeton, NJ and teaches at Raritan Valley Community College. He is Poetry Editor (US/Canada) for The Blue Nib.  

Mitosis

 

 

When nuclear war was the realists’ fear,
before AIDS, Ebola, Ebonics, Ebay…
we split, divided before these things evolved.

 
Live Aid was our Woodstock,
nouveau hippies, pseudo cools,
so in love on smoke-hazed weekends.

Your cells traveled so far,
while mine stayed, comfortable in the

    petri dish gel
as we both expanded apart.                 

I wish we could join together,
form a temporary tissue,
relive our past as cameras can,

if even just for some hours
to feel the haze once more,
smoke leading to fire to see ourselves

once more as we were,
with membranes of what we’ve become

not mutations of what we might have been.