- Ebb & Flow
So, the earth wobbles;mud escapesits universal womb.
Broken windowstained with transmission fluid.
Cold, cold room,ice-blue sheetssnapped to attention.
Wine corkimprinted with a counterfeit coat of arms,or tarantula,albeit speck spider sized, but a tarantulaall the same.
Ha! The same damnationsthat fueled Little Boyfuel you & methis very moment.
The same, pure O2 moleculesthat buried Plato deep in his cave.
The same exhausted atoms from T. Rexafter a glorious bloodbathleaving Triceratops ribs for the Aeolian windto fan its bruised sonataacross the wrist, the Christian wrist,the bare wrist of truth, the wristmost likely to get nailed, the wristseeking art, as though artcould save the universe? [End Page 46]
The onion sings its song.
Under Ceausescu that onion was an apple. [End Page 47]
Alan Britt's most recent books are Alone with the Terrible Universe (CypressBooks, 2011), Greatest Hits (Pudding House, 2010), Hurricane (March Street Press, 2010), and Vegetable Love (March Street Press, 2009). His work is included in the Poetry Library (www.poetry magazines.org.uk) and in the new anthologies American Poets against the War (Metropolitan Arts Press, 2009) and Vapor transatlántico [Transatlantic Steamer] (Hofstra University Press/Fondo de Cultura Económica de Mexico/Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos de Peru, 2008). Alan currently teaches English/creative writing at Towson University and lives in Reisterstown, Maryland, with his wife, daughter, two Bouviers des Flandres, one Bichon Frise, and two formerly feral cats.