Poem for Wisconsin
In Milwaukee it is snowing on the golden statue of the 1970s television star whose television house was in Milwaukee and also on the Comet Cafe and on the white museum the famous Spanish architect built with a glass elevator through it and a room with a button that when you press it makes two wings on the sides of the building more quickly than you might imagine mechanically rise like a clumsy thoughtful bird thinking now I am at last ready over the lake that has many moods to fly but it will not and people ask who are we who see so much evil and try to stop it and fail and know we are no longer for no reason worrying the terrible governors are evil or maybe just mistaken and nothing can stop them not even the workers who keep working even when it snows on their heads and on the bridge that keeps our cars above the water for an hour in northern California today it snowed and something happened people turned their beautiful sparkling angry faces up
Copyright © 2011 by Matthew Zapruder. Used with permission of the author.
Matthew Zapruder is the author of several books of poetry, including Come On All You Ghosts (Copper Canyon Press, 2010).
Date Published: 2011-03-28
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/poem-wisconsin