Poem for June 11

June 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

BUILDING SMOKE DETECTORS

The world’s worst wind chime won’t stop
striking our ears. Hazard and bizarre.
Did we look to the wrong part of the floor?
Did the floor fall flat? We don’t want to get mysterious
about numbers. We can’t wrap our minds around
a black hole. Maybe the floor isn’t the problem.
Maybe the blinking could be better described.
What are we going to do with the big City
and the Bible? Big blinking City. Big blinking Bible.
Your lighter is too big for you. It takes up your whole
hand. Be careful. The wooden sign says, Frost.
The billboard says, Casino. Someone says, Hazard
and bizarre!
  We call this laboratory confusion.
The world is potentially over and we are interested
in potential. Now go back to where you were
and try not to light everything on fire.

-Emily Pettit, Goat in the Snow (Birds, LLC, 2012).

Goat in the Snow

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