Before We Open It

If landfills became cemeteries
would there be more or fewer flies?

Your loved one six feet down
rests against a ten year old disposable diaper.

I might conclude the underworld
is the land before the landfill filled the landscape.

And with what? Our midden moxie.
All things broken unless exposed to be toxic.

What a site for future archeologists—
busy unearthing wrong conclusions about our culture.

Or maybe not. Maybe the layers upon layers
will develop enough pressure

to realign carbon compounds
into diamonds.

copyright © 2022 Kenneth P. Gurney


When hydrocarbons
gather in great concentration
above the cities
and news anchor-people
read health warnings
off the prompter
while politicians
bluster their speeches
will the resulting
increased air pressure
become so great
that it rains diamonds?

copyright © 2022 Kenneth P. Gurney