Mountain High, West Virginia by Jay S. Zimmerman

flattened mountain tops

yellow with bulldozers

gas vampires

suck streams dry

leave waters

bloated with toxic algae.

poisoned carp and mussels

new generations of children

nursed on West Virginia

Mountain Mama’s

polluted milk

my hybrid sits

on the highway’s edge

streaming John Denver

Bio:
Jay S Zimmerman came to poetry from his life as a visual artist, composing poems to go with his art, finding as much joy in painting with words as with other visual tools. He was born in the concrete caverns of New York, amid the trolley bells and sounds of subways, travelled south to Miami Beach and thrived in the warm sands and salt air dancing to the musical rhythms of Klesmer, Cha Cha and Bossa Nova, finally venturing to the dark soil, flat farmlands and rolling hills of the Midwest where his roots have grown and been nourished for over 40 years. He is an artist, photographer, psychologist, social justice advocate.

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