Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Rain / Dream: 17

Rain / Dream: 17

A moon so gaudy it hides
behind clouds off the Pacific:
Trajan's nightmare of Rome
turning burnt-leaf Christian.

An old man crashes through
a midnight farmhouse,
stumble-jumps dog-gnawed
living room furniture to beat
a Wolfhound pup to an electric-
orange plastic ball... compensatory
sport as a sagebrush basin
picks up wind for a dust storm.

It is the sound of Caligula
unpacking to rule while others
pray some general can hook
a chain to the moon...
drag it down-mountain,
drown it in a deep sea.

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