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Two Poems by Derek Eugene Daniels

"Silent Crickets" and "Break-Up" by Derek Eugene Daniels

Silent Crickets

They have learned

to stop chirping –

fear the parasite

that preys on courtship songs,

& burrows

into its amorous host.

What loss is this

that song must evolve

into silence?

The survivors understand

the romance of quiet.


No shelter, empty


as thunder


the brittle air.

No one saw this coming

this torrent that left

the ground choked in debris

the bees the flowers lost.

Derek Eugene Daniels is a Black, male, speech-language pathologist and associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Derek is a member of the Springfed Arts creative writing organization and regularly participates in local and online creative writing workshops.