[lit-ideas] Re: Sunday Poem

twenty six was closed this evening
there was a drive-by shooting
which we drove by

on the eve of whatever tomorrow will bring
as usual i have no idea what i'm thinking but
i do have glimpses

the first is maybe an inherited memory of the savannah
everyone is grazing
on berries possibly and then
someone mimes that it would all be so much easier if only we all could double in size

everyone grunts
making like a giraffe to draw a laugh is fun
and then we punt

several thousand years later
someone says what we have here is an acquired taste
streets of dreams of marble halls
and pipelines running over caribou

if credit like wildness in valhalla's hall
and traffic suddenly dry up
our little bit of heaven could prove
a tall and rather short story

because i am unimportant no one asks
but my idea of mutual defense might be
a book club
or
failing that
to perfect my caricature of giraffes

David Ritchie,
Portland, Oregon

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