[Country people enjoy dogs...]

telling a story that really ought to tell itself
Sunland Discount Variety
The governing taboos of figuration called remembrance
entrusted to the bodyguard of the temple
elaborate a more potent distillate, a pulse
taken at various inland locations—
Lime brief, and haze
its delicate wings to adorn
when all disappeared in the folly
and they would therefore each action upon the worm
and slow with it
And rubbing as an ‘O’
And make it all broil
And I lunatic to look up
And there is the stationmaster
close by
in our little background


Copyright © 2022 by Manal Kara. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on June 22, 2022, by the Academy of American Poets.

About this Poem

“This poem began when I was riding the train through some tall grass into the city. I construct poems much in the same way I construct my visual art work: using peripheral consciousness to piece together observations, thoughts, sounds, elements of day-to-day life into a sort of fractured narrative.”
—Manal Kara