Like a marble in a dog food bowl,
Unclean, inedible, out of place,
Half choking hazard, half comical—
King Jesus Saves Organic Firewood
For Sale. So many ways to make hay
In a tattered flag draped USA,
While Canada’s Euclidean proof
Difference has similar things to say—
Moss eats EGGS off a barn’s painted roof
Outside Swastika, Ontario,
And in BC, signs sunk in woods
Insist they’re possessed by carpentry.
A buck walks by an aging motel
In Susanville, California.
One of his antlers has fallen off
And he seems alert to the traffic
Slipping a bit in late season snow.
In central Nevada, bighorn sheep
Consider a road cut through a cliff.
The more boring signs are everywhere,
Coast to coast to coast, candidate signs
For would-be mayors, town and county
Legislators, the grim reminders
Of past presidential elections
Looking even rattier than flags.
The largest billboards are best ignored.
What exactly are we watching for?
Spot a sign, splatter an ungulate.
Proves you both were watching the wrong thing.
Words themselves will tell you all these words
Don’t fool anything. But keep driving.
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