The Blank of America

Terese Svoboda

Who loots the dew or enjoins
a shadow to guard a tree?
The bird in the pie can't pretend
to arms, its claws rock
the coin in the crust.
The train's single eye
examines the tree that the pie
holds the fruit of,
its engine rasps past the bird
as if smoke lent its shadow.
And the dew? Surely
it's a dark gulp under a tall hat
the bird wings over.
Not noise, not the founding father's
nose. Repeat after me:
I solemnly swear:
I could swear otherwise,
my lips flying too.
Copyright 2012 by Terese Svoboda. Used with permission of the author.

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Countess Lethargy by Terese Svoboda
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Hope Wanted Alive by Terese Svoboda
A red-faced lion raises its maw
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Further Reading

Poems about America
by Emma Lazarus
A House Divided
by Kyle Dargan
Abraham Lincoln
by Abraham Lincoln
by Richard Blanco
by Claude McKay
by Walt Whitman
by Herman Melville
by Robert Creeley
America [Try saying wren]
by Joseph Lease
Black Laws
by Roger Reeves
C'est La Guerre
by Danniel Schoonebeek
Gate A-4
by Naomi Shihab Nye
Handshake Histories
by Jeff Hoffman
I am the People, the Mob
by Carl Sandburg
by Kamilah Aisha Moon
Last Century
by Wyatt Prunty
Like Any Good American
by Brynn Saito
Passing Through Albuquerque
by John Balaban
by Vanessa Place
The House-top
by Herman Melville