A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature
1. How to choose a life raft
You don’t think you’ll need one,
but imagine seas grown choppy,
The triggering mechanism must
be failsafe. You must know
when to use it.
The boarding ladder must
be strong, easy to operate.
Handholds are essential.
Wide exit is required.
Notice the clouds.
Crayola color ominous,
color of a black eye.
Don’t know that color?
Don’t need it. Notice
Notice the sky.
2. Snapshots, B&W
It was all black and white then. Don’t believe me!
A banana was pallid gray. And an orange?
An orange was unrecognizable.
The water fountain on the ferry said
whites only. Still, we weren’t to use it.
He would give her something to cry about.
If she knew what was good for her,
she would do something with her hair.
She came bearing cookies and crying.
She’d made them herself. She
apologized. The second batch she saved.
The first went flying. No one had told her
to cover her hair. She would remember
next time. He told her she would remember
next time. The second batch she saved.
The first went flying. She said my mind
is a cat at the bottom of a well
with sides too slick for climbing.
Poster art of Lombard with the black eye.