The Pharaoh's People and the Locusts We had our land covered by the locusts. On every leaf the hungry, magnet mouths drew the food in until we had to shout our harvest is gone, poisoned by the kiss that feeds the hunger of insects that are cursed to follow fate. Our Pharaoh thought to dismiss a magician's words but he was remiss in his duty to follow a lawful God. He thought that the years and numbers of his state could impose his will but it was the hate spun by the Hebrew's God not the rod of one warning man he could not abate. Being one proud man, insufficiently awed his land would sink under a ravenous weight. Some Lines on the Passing of a Child's Sparrow in Imitation of Catullus The passing of a child's sparrow seems an act of no consequence and yet we adults who have wagered a bet on power must recognize a child's dreams. For this first clasp of hands on the maternal with its daily feeding and watering commands the small, aerial life to sing and ushers in the material that is life. While all cynics seem to know the whole of life by aggravated counting, they forget that the heavy wind will blow rendering every fortune an earthly fling. Know that on each day a child's hands sow hope itself in the care of a wing. To the Men Who Know No History To the men who know no history the ivory and gray-skinned statues show only muscles and irritating hues of color that make no modern story. Take a field trip through the garden of stone to see sight itself rudely oppressed by the lines of a perfectly carved breast that cannot move these men like a living bone. They say the endless rendition of lost plays is no more than the mumbling, arcane chorus of vacant spirits that cannot speak to us. So give us some golden-tongued speaker who says give up the gown, murder the anachronist, make a thud of words that static will own. Glory in the rabid spit of one alone who renders in a rhyme a vulgar fist. John W.L. Toivonen's work has appeared in Roanoke Review, Paterson Literary Review, and Midwest Poetry Review. His most recent book of poetry, Song After a Long Campaign, was published by Great Roots Press in 2015.