Iago, the Somalian hawker, rose out
of the swelter of his mirth like a crazed
hornet chasing down Darwin. So heated
his folly, he could not stand but fall,
could not make love but hate. He stoked
sex with anger, focused his eye-sight
with obsidian. Born to violate, raised on
vinegar, he found fulfillment where it
fed on itself: snake swallowing snake,
cougar the loins of gazelle, Cain the
the blood of Abel, sharks the flesh
of anything that swims and bleeds.
Illustrating, metaphorically speaking,
how Iago could have become himself.
Allen C. Fischer, decades ago, completed a career in business and marketing. A student of William Mathews, Fischer went on to become a widely published poet in journals such as Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Laurel Review and Rattle.