Hustlers with Bad Timing

D. A. Powell

 

That pip in the pear is a blackbird. Tussle on the grass a grackle. It is officially spring. Watch:

Some kids pulling up BURIED WATER PIPE flags. And next to them the little violets. Rain violets. The flags are blue.

The sycamores are just greening. "The world in fact is just," Chaos said. And we believed him, who called himself

the most difficult thing he could think of. He wanted to get into the club. The club he was clubbed outside of.


Later, it'll matter that there's no marker. Before he was Chaos, Robin he was, because he stole. Was blank before.

A bronze angel thoughtfully placed for all who grieve a child. Of course a child. What else might you have lost.

 
Copyright © 2012 by D. A. Powell. Used with permission of the author.

Poems by This Author

Abandonment Under the Walnut Tree by D. A. Powell
Something seems to have gnawed that walnut leaf
corydon & alexis, redux by D. A. Powell
and yet we think that song outlasts us all: wrecked devotion
The Artist's Hand by D. A. Powell
Nailbeds pink, deeper pink toward the cuticles,
To Last by D. A. Powell
We know from accounts of the judgment of Paris how Love took first
Useless Landscape by D. A. Powell
A lone cloudburst hijacked the Doppler radar screen, a bandit
[the cocktail hour finally arrives: whether ending a day at the office] by D. A. Powell
the cocktail hour finally arrives: whether ending a day at the office


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