Alan Michael Parker is the author of Long Division (Tupelo Press, 2012).
The God of Draperies
When revelation comes, the God of Draperies Cannot decide the difference Between in and out. A patio is out though in a yard, he thinks, Nursing his ignorance And a mostly gone Tom Collins, The sunshine and the cicadas and the loveliness Competing for his rage. But a car is out? So what about a swizzle stick? Out of the box but in the drink, Then out of the drink and in the mouth. A little bit in and out, he thinks, the vinyl slats Of the ancient chaise lounge Stuck to him Like bacon to a slice of Wonder Bread. And the soul is in? And heaven is out? But when the soul is Out, is it then In heaven? Time for another Drink, a tall one, but only half. Which is the way it is, he thinks, With gods and worshippers and revelation; No one is ever sure Exactly who Has been revealed to whom.
From Love Song with Motor Vehicles, published by BOA Editions, Ltd. Copyright © 2003 by Alan Michael Parker. Reprinted by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.