The Bridge of St. John

A handful of dice are thrown on a table. Perhaps they spell Disaster!
Perhaps sparks from wildfires can provide punctuation.

Burning through preserved trees and stuffed horses,
the fire searches for what is real, for what has a rind and is meant to burn.

Stray bullets ricochet off of armadillos.
I am walking in a field of IUDs pulling the faces off of pigeons.

It is a fine day for a hanging! Thirteen protesters lower themselves
off of the St. Johns bridge like glabrous and forbidden fruit.

The day comes to rest in a spray of small birds at my backyard fountain.
Bathing, laughing; Nepali women at their washing.

The finance minister leans away from his computer.
The veins in his neck writhe like a sea serpent.

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2 responses to “The Bridge of St. John

  1. a suspended day, waiting for a possibly dangerous and needed action….a good poem, full of well-wrought images…..

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