under black clouds.
the traffic light is green
the wolves are at the door now
terrifying the trees.
a window vibrates into the past.
where are the white gulls?
we are in the black clouds.
the white gulls are below us.
where are we?
the sky, gutted like a stuffed calf, lowers.
the ground swells and they rush to meet.
the swallowed world is upon us.
our future lies in palm trees.
Michael O'Shaughnessy moved from New York to Oregon in 2000. He worked in advertising for Community Newspapers in the Portland area for a decade. From 2007-2011, he and his wife wrote a gonzo cooking column called "In the Sellwood Kitchen" for a neighborhood newspaper, The Sellwood Bee. He lives with his wife, two cats and a Subaru in Clackamas County, Oregon.