Passed out atop the engineof a slow riding mowergoing in a circle, circle, circle …
flabby sunburned armsbounce (I’m tryingto fly!) when it hits a
dip. I’ve burned an unfillablegroove in the grass,oh, you betcha.
I can see through the binocularsthat my mouth is open,drool unfurls from it like spiderwebs.
I know I’m snoring but cannot hearme. All sound’s been obliteratedby “Rhinestone Cowboy”
there’s been a load of compromisin’ on the road to my horizon
on infinite repeat, echoingthrough all the loudspeakershanging in the trees. [End Page 191]
Glen Campbell as a million Glen Campbells, as a million-warrior army.
Good thing we live in the country.This horseshit would never fly(there’s that word again!) in town.
You’ll be home soon.I must wake myself up andput on some lipstick
but just on my lipsthis time. Colorinside the lines. [End Page 192]
Jennifer L. Knox’s newest book of poems, Days of Shame and Failure, was published by Bloof Books in October 2015. Her other books, The Mystery of the Hidden Driveway, Drunk by Noon, and A Gringo Like Me, are also available from Bloof. Her poems have appeared four times in the Best American Poetry series as well as in The New Yorker and American Poetry Review.