Roddy Williams – The Atheist Poet

may 2011

a spanish plume is threatened, says the man
who does the weather. flights of huge arrows
hang poised over the ocean, aimed at hull.
very rare these spanish plumes, rare as a
celine dion song that doesn’t scare dogs
and so I wait, watching for the shadows
of the arrows to pass over my house.
outside I see the faces uplifted
oddly patient, like justin bieber fans
waiting for him to grow up and get a
proper haircut. the sky remains empty.
there is a sense of hope melting away.

celine will never sing that one good song.
no great arrows. justin will never change.


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