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Similitude at Versailles

From: Colorado Review
Volume 40, Number 3, Fall/Winter 2013
pp. 147-148 | 10.1353/col.2013.0071

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            Welcome to Humanities 203.
   Here you will find the mysterious
         death of the honeybee, the Byzantine emperor,
   Justinian, who made church and state
      a seamless whole. Quiz tomorrow.
   When someone dies, you buy their relatives flowers.
1-800-FLOWERS. As a result
      your driving privilege will be suspended
            indefinitely on 11/13/2012.
               Where's mommy?
   I said I was trying to write this poem
      for the day, do you mind?
The Real Ghostbusters will return
         after these messages. The trap's ready.
I can get a girlfriend anytime I want.

   On the toddler bed, wrapped in the felt
         blanket with monkeys printed all over it,
            their prehensile tails curled—
      I promise guys, I'll never let myself
get carried away by women again. I want pancakes.
   Hey, Sandra, I think Charlotte might be hungry.
      I'll be there in a second.
   Okay, I'll just feed her now.

      —what could pass as love inside capital?
   Maybe just these records, the real.
      At the Halloween festival my friend dressed
      her child as one of the 1%. Ezekiel
         was a pirate. Her little girl threw
            fake bills into the air. She danced
in her suit and fake mustache. Thought—
   it will only ever snow $ in Florida
      and you seemed more like the bas-relief,
the minor key, some detail about Louis XIV'S
            weak blood that I always forget to teach,
         and for a moment I had become
      the anarchy of the sea—you know how the waves
are always pounding out some polyphony
      in saltwater, algae and fish
      that their subjects cannot understand.

Sandra Simonds  

Sandra Simonds is the author of Warsaw Bikini (Bloof Books, 2008), Mother Was a Tragic Girl (Cleveland State University Press, 2012), House of Ions (Bloof Books, 2014), and The Glass Box (Saturnalia Books, 2015).

Copyright © 2013 Center for Literary Publishing
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