Thursday, January 19, 2017

Passing Strange

This appeared in Blood Lotus.



Here we are in Oklahoma, the next
stop Strange, where no one you know ever lived
and popsicles are served up for dessert,
wrapped in serviettes, where the dogs are bred
never to bark until they're spoken to,
and finger puppets entertain the kids.
Look quickly. Strange won't last long. Kresge's there,
one story, is the tallest store in town.
The 7-11 locks its doors at 10.
The newspaper is trucked in out of Enid.
It's gone, Strange is, you can see it behind,
an El Dorado, full of dust, the home
of unwed girls, pretty, each one, so briefly
their hearts grow dense, like cherry crumble squares.

1 comment:

CMH said...


What a wonderful poem to read aloud -- El Dorado
shines brightly as myth and automobile.
It's a poem that nods to the reader, yes, this is
treasure you are finding, line after line, and
now it belongs to you.