All Together, on Three

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All Together, on Three


Hicok, Bob, Field


A little punch in the head

never hurt anyone wearing a helmet or falling

down an elevator shaft and therefore distracted

from the pain of the pugilistic weather

around this place. One day it's raining haymakers,

the next, snowing jabs, and that's just romance.

What about all the people living in the woods

since the Great Recession gave their houses away

like socks at Christmas to strangers? I see

their blue tarp mansions around the country

just off on-ramps and wonder who chose

that light shade of blue for tarps or knew

to invent the wake-up call or was the first

to yodel when he couldn't feed his children,

under the theory that art sustains? You're my team,

I want to tell them, that my family

three hundred years ago and two and one

and for a long time after

were dirt poor, meaning they didn't own dirt

or dust or lint, they owned a hole in the roof

handed down from generation to generation,

but my saying that wouldn't buy anyone

baloney sandwiches, so I cut straight

to the meat aisle and follow up

with bread and cheese and leave

a few brown bags not far from where I know

they'll vanish within minutes, as demanded

by The Church of It Could Be Me. …

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