- Domestication of the Ceiling Fan
The octopus above our heads
spent all day eating what we fed
her all last night: the sweat we bled
in silence, confessions no one said,
our first poor sleep as newlyweds.
A glowing lobe is how she begs
the issue: what we’ll do instead
of fighting now that evening’s led
us back here, now we’ve finally read
a question from the tests ahead.
If you’ll reach up and pull the thread,
she’ll clink and jerk her flat black legs [End Page 44]
to ink night cool across our bed. [End Page 45]
george david clark’s first book, Reveille, published by the University of Arkansas Press in 2015, won the Miller Williams Prize, and his recent poems can be found in AGNI, the Georgia Review, the Gettysburg Review, Image, the New Criterion, the Southern Review, and elsewhere. He edits 32 Poems and lives in Washington, Pennsylvania.