Of a Fixed Nature

Two boys pull green oranges from the tree
that hangs over the churchyard fence. They

throw them into the street with such auto-
matic skill that they may be the same boys

sent to kill in any war that will never be theirs.
The hard rinds get split by a list of vehicles:

Ford F150, Chevy Silverado, Honda Accord.
Crows watch from the tarred pole & dip

their heads as they call from the black wire.
The boys are immune to all things above them.

I remind myself to study the loosed pleasures
tumbling out of their arms & faces as each

round new body explodes under tires. Cloudy
jets shoot from the firm skin as each snaps

open with raw sexual extravagance. Small men
will rest in the arms of their mothers tonight.

Ronald Dzerigian is the author of Rough Fire (2018). He’s recently been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and his poems have appeared in the Australian Book Review, Comstock Review, Into the Voidpoets.org, Prairie Schooner, RHINO, Salamander, and Vinyl. He resides in a small farming community in California’s San Joaquin Valley with his wife and two daughters.